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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live and thanks for joining us Hello for another week on State Focus of water restrictions a week, when the ACT broke free they're as thirsty as ever. but just up the road in Goulburn, Paul Stephenson soon We'll catch up with Goulburn's Mayor the long hot summer ahead. to see how Goulburn is facing into Shakespeare. And putting a little sleaze production hits Canberra, The latest Bell Shakespeare thinks of this version and boy, we wonder what the author of Measure for Measure. to our Wollongong studios But first and it's just over a month Lawrence Hargrave Drive Bridge until the new is officially opened will see traffic Sunday December 11 engineering masterpiece start using the $49-million to the Illawarra that will hopefully become is to Victoria. what the Great Ocean Road Damian Lloyd, For locals like real estate agent this should be a time to celebrate. some tension However, the new bridge is causing of Scarborough - for the little hamlet And Damian joins us now, Hi Damian how are you? on your program. Hi Ali, thanks for having me You're welcome. to getting this bridge open. Now you must be looking forward for the locals, I tell you Ali. It's been a long struggle A long struggle. has the communities And how much support during this time? been giving each other of the actual bridge being built, Well it's not just during this time to get the bridge to be built. it's actually the time and effort can you believe it? Yeah it's taken two and a half years, I certainly can. Jack Forbes. Now lets talk about your mate tell me his story. Now he runs the Scarborough Pub, since 1999. Well Jack has been in the pub from last century. So You can actually say him and his partner Lorraine, And he's worked the place very well, of goodness for the community. have done an enormous amount in April this year, He's actual lease has expired lease with the owners of the hotel. and he has been on a month to month dangling month to month, And the owners have kept him there like a puppet on a string. to re-new his lease, Without allowing him which he has been clambering for. to get out of the pub, Right, so basically he has been told his lease is up? Well the RTA made the announcement was going to be opening earlier, that the bridge on December 11. of that announcement And within a few day saying, his lease was terminated. Jack got a letter in the mail by the 28th November. And he has to be out to come on State Focus today, Look I know that he was too upset is he, with this news? He's not doing very well No, the poor man is gutted. heart and soul into the place, Him and Lorrain have put their it's more than a business. It's the whole community life style. and the people are very loyal, It's a very historic area for the community. the pubs been the whole focus of some importance So when there has been an issue for the fire brigade like the 75th anniversary at the hotel, all the celebrations were back the pub rallied around them, if one of the local kids got sick, and raffles. and fund raising and dinners or anything If there is a time of drama a central collecting point. it has been concerned, And as far as Jack options are that the lease would be re-newed. he was given the word of the owners when he was speaking My understanding is that of the company in the local area, with the general manager that he had nothing to worry about, he has been given verbal assurance is going to be OK. and that every thing to become of Jack Forbes, It makes you wonder what is going in the area? do you know if he going to stay They're a very local family. is well into his eighties Jack's father, Gus and a great bloke. of the Scarborough Bowling Club. He was a foundation member and did all the machinery work. He helped lay the first green area for many years. The family have been around the they are going to go away. I don't think of the shine off I tell you what, it takes a bit for Scarborough, doesn't it? the opening of the bridge was going to be a great unification Well the bridge opening for the whole area. is like two kilometres away, I live at Colcliffe and Scarborough it is a 36 kilometre trip. but for me to drive there, I have to catch a train At the moment. and she is not even one yet, to go and see my godchild so it's all hard. Yeah it has been a very hard time. Look you are a real estate agent, in the area I assume there may be people of the world a little secret, who would like to keep this part so to speak. is going to be a mini boom, Do you actually think that there limitation? or does this area have some in the fact Well it certainly has limitations the ocean and the esarpment. that we are caught between narrow coastal corridor So it is a very tight to build on. where there is actual land left. And there is not much vacant land this particular part of the coast. So the urban spiral can't happen on available. Because there is just nothing prices have gone in the past, But with the way that property and we get more people I think when the road opens to the beauty of our area, coming from Sydney, a positive effect on it. it is only going to have for the actual people It may have a slight down turn to Laurance Hargrave Drive, who are front on for the short term, it is going to be a hug asset. but over the long term Do you think you will be queued up For sure, on December 11, Damian? ready to cross that bridge Oh it is going to be fantastic. to the Forbes family, Well look give our best on Jacks behalf to have a talk to us. and thank you for coming on Thanks very much Ali. Well, the drought has been incredibly cruel to the folks in Goulburn. While the ACT and most of southern NSW has turned a lovely shade of green, Goulburn is still living with Stage 5 water restrictions and that's not about to change heading into summer. Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Paul Stephenson is with us right now - You know what Paul you might have to get Tim the Yowi man back with his rain stick. No we won't get Tim back he didn't do that good of a job last time. He tried his best. Well he might have, but I think we will go for conventional methods this time. Fair Dinkum. Alright, lets talk about capacity in the main dams. Now Goulburn has two main dams, doesn't it? Yes, PJ and Suli. How are they fairing at the moment? They are 5% less than what they were last year. So we're not getting off level 5 for quite some time. Now lets look back at PJ this time last year, just to prove your point. Now that's looking at about 18% capacity, do you think? It's about the same where it is now. Alright so 18% capacity. What can you do? We are looking at a boar project from Walendilly River. When does that kick in? No, the boar project comes in through Kingsdale, which is an underground water supply. That's now finished and that's ready to roll. To test it out at the moment. The nine kilometre pipeline from the Walendilly River to the dam is completed and finished. They dug nine kilometres in five weeks, which is pretty amazing project. The pump station is just about half way finished. So this year at least if we have less, we have the ability to put some back in. So this is the thing, isn't it. Trying to think ahead enough. Are you getting any help from the federal government at all? Look we're hopefully getting something from the federal government. Our answer to drought proofing yourself if you like, is to put in a very modern treatment plant for our storm water and effluent disposal. And we have an application in to the federal government. For some of that, and fair chunk of that. And that would then allow us to create the Goulburn Lakes project for playing fields and parks and so forth. And share 20% of that into our drinking supply. I tell you what, I read with interest that you are planning to re open the public swimming pool. Which is amazing, how have you managed that? Have you been able to collect rain water? Well we are opening the out door pool tomorrow. We're able to do that because we can't pump any more water into Suli at the moment because we are enlarging the wall area. We have a contractual arrangement that we can't put too much in it. So we had a little bit of water that was spare and going over the wall, we filled up the indoor pool and the outdoor pool and all the tanks and we are using the indoor pool to service the outdoor pool. So we will be able to open that from November through to February, which will get all the learn to swim out of the way, and school carnival and also have it open over the school holidays so the kids have somewhere to swim. Right so the kids will be quite happy about that. Fantastic, look just from a council point of view, how full will Suli and PJ have to be to actually be to relax restrictions to come off stage five? We need to get up to 60 - 65%. The predictions for this Summer, is to be the driest, hottest summer for 100 years. And evaporation is one of everybody's major problems. Well Paul Stevenson, here is to a long wet Summer, Lets' hope, And thanks for joining us today. And this week ACT and Queanbeyan residents were free to grab that hose, and water to their heart's content, with the 3-year drought officially declared over. Now, this is how Canberra's cup has runneth over in the last 6 months. The territory has had 500-millimetres of rain, and that's 2put our water storage above 60% And in the next few weeks, Googong Dam will start receiving water pumped from the Cotter catchment, so Googong will look much fuller. But while we've moved away from Stage 2 wate2r restrictions, the new measures fall within what we'd consider stage 1. There's still a ban on using sprinklers during the day, and using a trigger hose to wash cars, but no hosing of pavements. Pools can now be filled up. And as for other parts of our region, Orange and Wollongong are sticking with Stage 2 for now, but the Riverina and Dubbo are looking well saturated for summer. Stay with us, after the break where not to go for holidays and a Shakespearean experience that would make your nanna blush. That's next on State Focus. You are watching State Focus and it seems staying at home for the annual end-of-year break, is probably the safest bet right now, considering the headlines about bird flu, drug-running, and of course terrorism. So exactly where shouldn't we be thinking about travelling right now? Well, joining me is Bruce Bilson, the federal parliamentary secretary to the Foreign Affairs Minister Welcome Hi Ali Good to have you here Great to be here You're just back from overseas yourself. Yes I am and one of those many Australians that find international travel just delicious, but there is some good help we offer and that is through the smarttraveller.gov.au website. Yes we will get to all that important information in a moment. The tsunami effected areas. Are they tourist ready? Bounce back well by all reports, but it is also important for people planning to visit say, Phuket, to check that the actual service provider, the place of accommodation, that they, the particular booking can be supported so the regions are bouncing back well, the Maldives, these tourist destinations that are just delicious, good reports, but check out with the actual hotels service provider. So do your research? Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. International travel is applied common sense. For sure That's all it is. Think it through. Now lets look at a few places, of course, that we shouldn't possibly be thinking about this Christmas. As you mentioned, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, interesting, Central Africa, a bit of a hot spot at the moment. Is the paranoia justified for these regions? Well the advice that we offer through smarttraveller.gov.au is the best information we have. If there are signs of civil unresk, even in some places, military confict or concerns about terrorism and the like, we make that information available so that Australians can make informed choices. We don't hide anything, we don't overstate them, we just put the information in that we have out there and then provide advice about what Australians should do. Bruce Wilson, thank you for joining us today. Thanks Ali, have a good Christmas. Time to see what's been in focus right around our region and in the ACT, undercover police will be mingling with crowds at any future dance parties. Police will be targeting esctasy and speed users at clubs and special events over summer. Meantime the idea of having a 24-hour chemist in Canberra has been crossed out, with health authorities saying there wouldn't be the demand. Police moved into the new Woden station this week. And the Brumbies rugby union team will have 7 games at home for the new Super 14 season, starting February. On the South Coast, doctors are sceptical a new private hospital in Wollongong will lessen the waiting time for elective surgery. At a cost of $130 million, the new hospital will be built in Rawson street. Wollongong's very own stock exchange has opened to give local businesses access to listing opportunities. That dreaded fireweed comes at a cost. Bega council has spent $97,000 trying to fight the pest in the last 4 years. And the ShellCove marina development will have room for 350 boats, may need to be realigned to accommodate them. In the central West How much would it cost to bulldoze Gordon Estate in Dubbo and start again? Authorities say the replacement cost for public housing would be around $13 million, but for now it's not an option. A lobby group based in Parkes will continue its campaign to get rid of daylight savings. Farmers may find fertiliser in short supply, because ammonium nitrate has been reclassified as dangerous goods. And the Molong community has shown its big heart, raising thousands of dollars for footy coach Damian Phillpott who was badly hurt in a car accident. And in the Riverina Wagga council is having second thoughts about raising rates. Council has considered the plight of farmers doing it tough in the drought, and may defer the 9% rise for a year. Wagga is facing a shortage of carers for kids outside of school hours. This year's wheat harvest is expected to be up by 9% and rice growers are also reporting a bumper crop. And those figures on parking fine revenue in Wagga, sure add up to a massive 4,814 individual tickets being handed out to motorists. Well, hitting the stage in Canberra this week is Shakespeare as you've never seen it before. Nobody does Shakespeare better than Australian director John Bell and in his latest production, Measure for Measure, he's banked his success on the talents of a former Canberra boy, Matthew Moore. Guy Sweeting from our State Focus team caught up with the two gentleman actors earlier this week. Well thanks for coming into State Focus fellas, first of all to John Bell, you are the Aussie mistro of Shakespeare, how do you come up with the concepts to continually reinvent a classic Shakespeare? Well you know, Guy, the plays kind of reinvent themselves, great stories, lots of great characters and the things that are happening in the world around us at any one time are kind of sufficient like right now, this play is about the passing of certain Dracernian laws and people trying to fit in to these laws and how they are going to adjust their lives, well that's pretty topical right now, so there is always something in the air that you can connect to. Certainly is, Matthew Moore, where did you learn acting in Canberra? Look, my first experience of acting in Canberra was really just through school, school and just got involved as much as I could. How do you move from that to the big stuff? I was always obviously interested in it. I knew pretty early on that that's what I wanted to pursue, so I went to university for a couple of years, so really the turning point was getting into Wopper, which is the WA academy of performing arts and that's the full time three year acting, training course, it's a vocational training for actors really and that's where this really serious shift came and after that you sort of launched into the industry. OK, well John, centuries after his death, Shakespeare still earns $19 million a year in royalties and are you still amazed that Shakespeare has relevance and endurance qualities? Who gets the royalties Guy? I don't know, some relatives somewhere, I suppose. They don't come my way Nor mine I am not surprised at all, no the plays are relevant, always because of the issues. It deals with - they are the big issues of love and revenge and ambition - Is a lot of it human nature? It's all about human nature. It's all about people and people of all classes, the lowest up to the highest. It moves right through society and the comic and the tragic and the romantic and the cynical, they are all there so, whatever you want to find in theatre, it's all there in Shakespeare. Now mate, you were in the Dish. Was that a lot of fun and how different is it doing something like that, compared to an updated version of Shakespeare's, Measure for Measure? I had a great time working on that film. That was my first job out of drama school and didn't have to audition for it, which was really nice, a nice thing to be launched into the industry with. It was an excellent experience. compared to doing Shakespeare, to having an audience an immediate connection with an audience and Shakespeare knew his audience and that's the most important aspect. Obviously when you are working on a film or television, you don't get that immediate response, where every night we do this particular show, the audience respond to you in a particular way that night. and make the show evolve Talking about audiences, John, Canberra audiences have become a custom to a lot of fine arts in their town and while they become discerning, have they also become a tough crowd for their expectations? Canberra is a great audience for us. We have been coming here now for fifteen years at least twice a year, sometimes three times a year and the audiences I think are very appreciative of that because when we started back in 1990, we were the only company that was touring here, now everyone is doing it, which is fine, but it means that we have got a loyal following and we do events like we are tonight where the audience comes along and meets the company and meets the actors before the show and get to know us as an extended family so you know - we have a very good following here and I don't mind audiences being a bit tough, a bit critical, you know it keeps us up to scratch and I'd rather that than just let it wash over them and say everything is lovely. And what determines you coming back to Canberra? Well it's got one of the best theatres in the country, the new Canberra play house, well relatively new, it's a beautiful theatre to work in and it's very like Shakespeares own globe theatre, the size of it is much smaller of course, but it's a nice intimate theatre and the audience, we know we've got a loyal audience and a good reception here and you know, we are a national company, we tour everywhere, we tour all over Australia, every state and territory, several times a year, so Canberra being the national capital, it's a must. And Matt for you too, it's home. Do you like coming back? I do really enjoy coming back. I've still got a little bit of family here. So, it's always nice for that reason and I still have connections with old drama teachers from school. A huge fan club They are not at stage door every night but, I do very much enjoy coming back. It's nice coming back. My foundations were here, wanting to become an actor and it is nice, being able to come back as a working actor and do a show. Well it's nice to have you back here and thanks for coming in as well John. Thank you Guy it was a great pleasure to be here. Thanks Guy. Guy Sweeting there with John Bell and Matthew Moore and you can still catch Measure for Measure at the Canberra theatre until the 12th of November. After the break, he's a 14 year old from Canberra and showing the same potential as Lleyton Hewitt at that age. Tennis teenager Jakes Eames serves up next on State Focus. I was just getting over Mondayitis as Herbal Essences suddenly took me to a place no shampoo had taken me before. Feeling rejuvenated, I let my hair down, delivering fragrant hair that was full of life. Where are my socks? In your drawer. Damn reality. FOXTEL's 10th birthday means a big deal. FOXTEL Digital installed And your first month for only $10. Now, that's... something to party about. Get FOXTEL Digital installed in metro areas for only $10 and get your first month for only $10. Hey, a deal this big only comes around every 10 years. Call FOXTEL Digital today on: You are watching State Focus. Well, in Canberra, there's a very hot tennis prospect being groomed for big things and I've got to say, Jake Eames' resemblance to a certain blonde-haired tennis superstar

can not go unmentioned. At just 14 years of age, Jake is getting plenty of guidance from coach Todd Larkham, and fellas great to have you here - Thank you. Now Todd I will start with you. What is it about Jake as a player that you think sets him apart from others. Say in the under 14 age group? He has a very good technique, for a start. That's very important. in his game. At a very young age he is only 14 and already he doesn't have may faults at all. He is very good physically. He moves very well around the court. So he is a bit of a natural? Yes defiantly natural athlete. You know mentally as well. Jake is very relaxed and handles situations very easily and doesn't get very tense, that I have seen anyway so far. In pressure situations . Because even now you're playing big finals for your age. I mean you have just won the under 16 Canberra junior, which is great. So what do you prefer as far as a surface? Clay court really. Why do you prefer clay? Well I have trained on it all the time in Canberra, it's pretty much my home court. It's slower and more physical and a lot of people burn out on it. And, it's a bit of a strength for me. So you like the rally, do you? Yes I like the rally. So where do you plan on taking this Jake? I mean you are only fourteen, you don't want to burn out too quickly do you? No I don't. Not sure, just keep on training hard and see what happens. I have a plan for next year and we will see what happens. Todd would he have to go overseas at this point? Yes I think it is very a important part of being a professional player. You have to get over sea at a fairly young age. Already this year Jake went to Europe for six weeks. And did really well and really improve from that experience. I think he is going away in December, and look to go away next year. You know at such a young age he has to finish his school. But once he has done that you know then he will be looking to move overseas a little bit more. Could he possibly turn pro at what age? Is there an age? It's hard to put an age limit on it. On today's game is it a very physical game, so once you get on to the mens circuit you have to be able to compete physically. With men between 18-35 now if you look at Agassi. So he has to be ready physically. So generally that's 18, 10 years old. And how would you feel about leaving home Jake to do all this? I would love it. I'm not sure about my mum. She could go with you I guess. Are you worried about, sort of, going out into the big wide world? No. No not at all? I was a bit worried at first going to Europe by myself the first time travelling overseas. But it was all easy. Because you represented Australia, didn't you? Yes. What did you represent? For the world cup, for the top three picked in the country. And I came third, I think it was the best result since Lleyton Hewitt. Look I have to mention resemblance. I have to put up a few photos here of Lleyton Hewitt. Have you met the man? Yes I met him once or twice on a couple of occasions when I went to the Davis Cup for a camp, and many a couple of times, just a brief word . And is Davis Cup a dream of yours? Yes one of the main things I want to do. Playing for Australia. Well good luck fellas, it's great to have you home grown and in the future when you are getting that Australian Open Cup, make sure you mention us. We will. Todd Larkham and Jake Eames thanks you so much for dropping by today. for dropping by today. Thanks, Thanks Well that is game set and match for us this week, Have a fantastic weekend and we'll see you next Saturday on State Focus. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra.