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to State Focus. Good morning and welcome regular host, Guy Sweeting, Phil Lynch sitting in for your who's on leave this week. look at some of the events, people As once again we take an in depth

southern New South Wales, and issues making news across and the ACT this week. the Central West, the Riverina become an enormous bunfight Today we've got the latest on what's shopping in the ACT. over factory outlet people are banding together We'll find out why Wollongong children in the Philippines. to help 450 starving of the bulls in Pamplona? And you've heard of the running the sheep in Boorowa? How about the running of

That's all to come on State Focus. October in Bathurst But first up, it's without the King of the Mountain, and sadly the first Great Race Peter Brock. to Brockie this weekend? How is the city paying tribute Deputy Mayor Paul Toole, To find out, Bathurst joins us today at Mount Panorama. Good morning, Phil. Good morning, Paul.

Thanks for joining us. remembering Brockie this weekend? How is the city of Bathurst number of things, Phil. Well the city's doing a

and we had the Peter Brock Trophy. Obviously tomorrow is the big race the drivers here at Bathurst, And there's a real buzz amongst whether you're a Ford supporter, if you go out and talk to them, or a Holden supporter, cup to be able to win, they all see it as a prestigious to get their hands on this trophy and they are all certainly wishing for the very first time. are going to honour Peter Brock The city of Bathurst itself - we by having a memorial statue built. National Motor Racing Museum - We are also going to have the

to be named after Peter Brock there's a wing there that's going as well. people here come back for the race So lots of activities, lots of certainly for this weekend. as well in the week, and to pay their respects, And they come back here and pay tribute to Peter Brock. Yes, it's rather amazing. was really his spiritual home, He was Victorian, but Bathurst wasn't it? Absolutely. Peter Brock went, And look, where ever

he always spoke about Bathurst, nationally and internationally, and he spoke about Bathurst both you just can't get anywhere. and that kind of exposure, I mean, it was just a bonus. Bathurst as his second home. And Peter Brock spoke about there tomorrow will hear a homily And a crowd of sixty thousand followed by a minutes silence. from chaplin Gary Coleman, moving moment, isn't it? That's going to be a expecting fifty thousand plus, Oh, absolutely, and we're

people here tomorrow. but if it's fine tomorrow Look, the weather is fantastic, crowd to certainly, we will expect the that have been in the past. maybe even break records the front row of the grid vacant too, I understand they are going to leave where Brockie would have been? the grid vacant of cars there. Yeah, they're leaving the front, the way of saying their respects, The drivers certainly see that as Peter Brock, as well. and their tribute to

an empty chair at the service, I guess Steve Irwin's service had much the same thing. and this is pretty be beautifully done, I think it's going to to be there. I wish I was there. and it would really be great certainly will enjoy it. But, the people of Bathurst us there this morning, Paul, thanks for joining weekend in Bathurst. and look, have a wonderful Yeah, thankyou Phil. joining us from Mount Panorama. Bathurst Deputy Mayor Paul Toole proteges, Craig Lowndes, And one of Peter Brock's greatest

before he switched to Ford, drought at Bathurst this year, will be trying to break a ten year of the Great Race in recent years. and try and end Holden's domination caught up with Craig in Canberra Tara Daley from our State Focus team before he headed up the mountain. Now, before we talk about Bathurst, the man behind the Ford. I want to talk about by dogs, birds, and goats, I hear. You grew up in Victoria surrounded

describe your childhood? Now, how would you you get this information? I want to know where on the outskirts of Melbourne, I was very lucky, I grew up out near Greensborough, sort of north-east of Melbourne, biggest shopping centre, which is probably our but it was out in Plenty. sort of lucky enough to have Grew up on five acres, and and they had paddock bombs that sort of rural feel, and motor bikes, to have these great creations and an older brother who used the test dummy for. that I used to be and it was really good. Yeah, we had animals, that sort of, you know, It was just nice to have instead of being in suburbia. rural and country feel growing up, So, you know, very lucky. you know, I was very fortunate Living in Queensland now, but, to have that style of life. your father was a mechanic, Craig, as you mentioned,

and involved in car racing. his passion onto you? He obviously passed we've sort of come together, Well I guess, in a sense, and engineering background, because as his mechanical the motor vehicle, which has helped me understand - so that also helps, and a motor mechanic by trade and obviously the suspension but understanding the geometry goes into race cars. and everything that a driver is a sense, And then also becoming

and knowing that side of the car. almost say more complete So really in a, you'd just being a driver, - not necessarily and the mechanicals of it. but now understanding the car if I need to, which I don't. Knowing how to pull a gear box out But really, just, you know, having a great appreciation of the vehicle that we drive. As I grew up, my father through go-karts formlua-Ford, formula-Holden,

made me work and appreciate the equipment that I was driving, because at that point, and back then we were able to still be very successful, but do it as more of a family interest. Todays current climate and motor racing is a little bit different to when I first did it, but, you know, it does give you a great background of who I am and what I understand. Who else has had the greatest influence in your career? There's been a number of them. I think the great Peter Brock was probably the best for me.

So is my father, because I grew up in Plenty. I went to the same school as Peter. I actually played the same football club, which is AFL, being Victoria, as Peter. And, you know, we had reunions back at the football club where Peter and I were among many players that went through the club. You know, raced up and down the same streets as what Peter did, as he was my age.

And you know, when I got involved with motor racing, I didn't quite understand this side of the sport, and up until the point where I drove a V8 Supercar, all I'd done was drive a car - that's all I'd ever known about motor racing. And then to understand the media side of behind the scenes of what goes on is a big thing, and it's something that all drivers need to understand and appreciate, and need to do and do it well. And I think through Peter's influence and learning from him, I've been able to do it probably better then I ever expected.

You know, I can always talk about anything, but you are obviously presenting yourself, and talking and making sense of it, and making it interesting. Well Peter was obviously a great mentor for you as well. Well let's talk about Bathurst. It's this weekend. Is it time to end Holden's seven year reign of Mount Panorama? God I hope so. It was disappointing knowing that we had a car speed last year,

and probably had the best car that I've ever had at Mount Panorama, full stop. And I made a mistake, and then we got caught up with a tyre incident, and then we became probably the fasted, chiller box, or ice cube box that there is going around the mountain without no windscreens. But really, we basically threw it away last year and that was a disappointment to the team, a disappointment to Ford, huge disappointment to myself.

So, you know, this year I think we've got a little bit to prove, but at the same time, Ford are very keen for any Ford team to win. '98 was the last time, and it was the Stone brothers, and they did a great job back then, but, you know, we really need to win this year. Craig Lowndes speaking with Tara Daley from our State Focus team. Well up next... Canberra Airport chairman Terry Snow with the latest on a factory outlets shopping feud, that's got Canberra watching and waiting on the outcome.

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You're watching State Focus on Southern Cross Ten. There's been a real stoush going on in Canberra between big business

and the ACT Government over factory outlet shopping. Just to set the scene for you, a fortnight ago, 72 new shops opened at a new centre called Brand Depot at the Canberra Airport on land controlled by the National Capital Authority. At the same time there are plans for a further 106 shops and 28 bulky goods stores called the Epicentre in Fyshwick on land controlled by the ACT Government's planning authority.

Way too many of the same types of shops to come on line at the same time it would seem. Well Terry Snow is the Canberra Airport Chairman and owns the Brand Depot building. Terry, thanks for joining us. Thankyou Phil. Now your centre opened just a couple of weeks ago, and it's going very well, I believe. Thirty-five thousand through in the first weekend. Correct. We've had ninety thousand people through the centre A lot of them from the region, but that's very, very encouraging. Now, the viability of this centre has been threatened by an even bigger one, as I mentioned, at Fyshwick? Well it may be, but we don't quite know what the nature of the one at Fyshwick is going to be. I don't think it's going to be a bulky goods centre, or a brand depot. I think it's going to be high order retailing like the Woden Plaza. It's going to be as big as the Woden Plaza. What will that do to your centre?

Oh, it will give us competition, but that's the name of the game. We're in the business of competition. But, as I mentioned, it seems way too many of that kind of shop all at the one time? I mean, Canberra can't handle that, can they? Well, I don't think they can if they are all like the shops at the Brand Depot. But I believe that the shopping there is going to be very different, and it's going to be more like the shops that you see at the Woden Plaza. Now you've been reported as planning to take legal action against the opening of the centre. Are you going to do that?

We are considering our legal options. We believe that this site is illegal. It is contrary to the Territory plan, National Capital plan, and it's contrary to the preliminary assessment that was made for the site. It was designed for a bulky goods retail centre, and now we're seeing, of course, something equivalent to the Woden Plaza. So it's a very different animal than was was sold, what was advertised and promoted,

and that is what is upsetting myself, and the commercial interests of the city. But the ACT Planning Authority seems to be saying something else, that it can be done there? Yes, I think that they're pulling a long bow to say that this complies to the Territory plan. It does not. It is not what was explained to the legislative assembly. And my interpretation,

and the interpretation of our legal advisers is that it is a flawed decision. People would say it's sour grapes on your behalf, because, you know, you're in opposition to it, obviously? Yes. We don't mind a Brand Depot, if they were going to build a Brand Depot there, but they are not. And it's contrary to the planning of the city, and it's illegal. So, I'm not adverse to a bit of competition,

but I am adverse to competitors having an illegal leg up, if you'd like. Now you unsuccessfully bid at action against Austech, who got this site for $39 million - you bid $38 million yourself, so you're obviously bidding a lot more than what would be for a normal bulky goods site. Correct. It was worth a lot less than that. But I sensed during the course of the auction,

that there was something on with the vigour that they were bidding and the aggression. And I thought I'd run for it, for a little bit. And we bid up to $38 million - they bought it for $39 million, but, of course, now it's a high order shopping centre, the site was in fact worth about a hundred million. Now they had information that they could put that high order shopping centre on the site. But none of the other bidders did. And it's interesting to note that during the auction process,

there was no shopping centre developers there at all. So the whole shopping centre industry thought that this was a bulky goods site. The ACT government was selling it as a bulky goods site, but didn't tell any one else other than Austech. This is a new business to you. I mean, you're a property developer, and you've been doing that very successfully for years, but going into this sort of business is very new to you. You weren't a little bit naive in this?

No, not in the least. If people break the rules and do things that are illegal, then that comes as a surprise to all of us - but it's not a level playing field. And we've been associated with shopping centre developments in the past. We managed the Greenwood Centre in North Sydney, which was a very large shopping retail complex. So we have shopping centre experience,

but what we've seen here is that there wasn't a level playing field. There was only one bidder in that room that knew that they could use it for high order retail. They had advice to that effect from the ACT Planning Authority, but none of the other bidders did. Now we went to the court prior to the auction to try and clear this up, and they weren't forth coming with what you could use the land for at the auction. And we were told to go away and read our documents,

but the documents were unclear. Given that the court didn't allow your injunction against the auction, does that indicate to you that it's going difficult to win an action against this system now? No, the illegality of it wasn't discussed at the time. It was confusing, and we sought clarity. The land development agency announced that the site was for bulky good retailing, and it turns out that they were treating with Austech

on the basis that they were going to use it for something else. And to my mind, it's flawed. But, the ACT community, has lost about, in my view, about $60 million from selling this the way they have gone about it. If there'd been shopping centre developers in that auction room - and there would have been if they were aware of what they could do with the land - the ACT government would have got $100 million or more

for the site, rather than the $39 million. I know it's a bit of a crystal ball thing, but what chance do you think Austech have got of going ahead here? Well, you know, we live in a democratic society, which has got courts and precedents, and you think that if law and fairness and the ACT government abiding by their own territory plan persists,

that it won't go ahead. How far are you prepared to take this? Well, as a Canberra citizen... I mean, there's a legal process that can go on forever, isn't it? Well, no, it can't go on forever. Well, not forever, but you can take it through the various stages of the judicial system. Well, we're quite interested to make sure that there's fairness and equity in this. And if it means going to court, we will. Terry, good luck with it.

It's going to be a difficult process for you, and you're up against some big players here, but of course you've got a bit of clout yourself, haven't you? I don't know about that, we're just a little Canberra company, and I was born in Canberra, but I'm not going to done over by illegal dealings of the ACT government. Thanks for joining us today on State Focus. Thankyou. Canberra Airport Chairman Terry Snow there,

and I'm sure you'll be hearing much more about this story. Next up, a Wollongong based Rotary charity program to save the lives of 450 children in a small rural village on a Philippines island. Stay with us.

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to support 450 starving children Island village. Not only with money but local medical specialists and staff are also travelling overseas to help the cause. To find out more we're joined by Derek Pyrah, from Rotary International, who's in our Wollongong studio.

Derek, thanks for joining us. Thanks Phil. This is the island of Bohol in the Philippines, I understand? Yeah, it's about the tenth largest islands in the Philippines, Phil, and it's Visayan area, which is in the middle of the Philippine Islands, I guess. I understand they're in drought. Now, we don't normally associate drought with the Philippines. No, well it's in the convergence zone in the world, and they used to get sixty inches of rain a year,

but, I guess Australia's not alone with this. And this particular area, only that one area on the island, would you believe, which is a rice growing area and the belly of the island, I suppose, have been without rain for three months until last week. involved in a project like this? I was involved back in 2001.

I raised some money and we took some surgeons over to operate on some kids with deformities and burns scarrings, and while I was there I stayed with an American ex-pat, who's a Rotarian, who was trying to feed a handful of kids with three hundred dollars in his bank account. And I was just moved by the starvation - it was my first trip to a third world country - and decided to do something about it.

So five years on, we are now a world community service program, overseas aid fund with Rotary International, through Rotary Australia. We've got our own board, we've now got five villages, six villages now, because we run one for some Rotarians in the UK as well. So we are all over the world now. It's fantastic. And you're taking some specialists, medical specialists over

from the south coast and Wollongong? Two lovely female doctors, one from Gerringong and one from Wollongong on our annual - we call it our all ladies medical mission, and I go along as the photographer. I can do that because I'm the chairman, so they allow me in, even though it's all ladies. And we'll be there for two weeks. And we'll treat probably between twelve and fifteen hundred women and children in that time.

Most importantly, how do you fund something like this? Generosity of people who see what we are doing, and realise that we get a lot of bang for our dollar. And also the fact that we try to keep our administration costs to a low, low, low level.

And I guess nearly 100% of our funds get to the kids and the women that need it in the villages over there. This is the Village Aid Feeding Appeal, I understand? Explain that to us. The Village Aid program... As I say we've got ten different project in that program; feeding the elderly - we're Aussies, so we've got a sense of humour Phil, and we started a thing called Meals on Wheels Village Style, and we buy pushbikes for our girl scouts,

and they deliver hot, nutritional food to the elderly in the villages, who, I might say have got no support structure at all in those sort of countries. How do people contribute? Are you looking for contributions to that aid appeal? Oh, absolutely, all the time. We are tax deductible now, which is a big thing. They can get in touch with us by emailing me, or telephoning. We will soon, I think within about three weeks from now,

will have direct debits available monthly for people as well. Ok, well good luck with it, and I know you've put a lot of work into it, and it's become a real passion with you. Absolutely, yeah. Other people joining you on the project and good luck to you them too. And congratulations on what the people of Wollongong are doing for the people in Bohol. Well, it's amazing what a few people in Wollongong can do when they get together to try and, as our slogan says,

offer a hand up with dignity to those less fortunate then ourselves. Thanks for joining us on State Focus, Derek. Not a worry. For the last seven hundred years or thereabouts, Pamplona in Spain has held a festival which includes the Running of the Bulls. I'm sure most of you have heard of it. Six steers and six bulls are let out to run the streets and young, testosterone charged men attempt to avoid and out run them. Well, in Boorowa, during the Irish Woolfest,

they've got the Running of the Sheep. It's not quite the Spanish experience but State Focus reporter Brett Mason has been to take a look. Now don't be fooled by the scenery.

Once a year Boorowa really comes to life... And in the most unusual of circumstances. Welcome to the Irish Woolfest and the main attraction...

the Running of the Sheep. Fifty of the shire's best charging down the main drag. Everybody really loved them, especially city people to see our sheep running with the sheep dogs and the four wheel drive motorbikes behind. Made up by hundreds of locals, the grand parade is one of the biggest in the state. There's the fast... (Supercar revs engine.) The fast at heart...

And, of course, the familiar sound of the firies... (Fire Sirens) I liked all the animals and I loved the sheep - the running of the sheep. It's pretty exciting. What amazes me is the enormous crowd all the way out here. It's unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it. It's pretty unique isn't it? Yeah. Never seen anything like it. Do you think the festival would work anywhere else in Australia? Of course not (laughs). I think you're right, having met the locals today

- they absolutely love it. They do, yes. No, it's a really lovely experience, and I think we've all come of age and worked up to it for years, and now it's suddenly become a really important part of Boorowa. While Woolfest is all about fun and games, for farmers there was a very serious side to this year's festivities. With 98% of New South Wales still drought declared it's going to be a tough season. For all us guys, especially all the shearers and that,

we don't know what we're going to do next year. We'll get through this year alright, but the sheep numbers down dramatically. I just don't know what'll happen. Just in light of the drought, do you think it's good the farmers can all come together and have a good time? It's good that they can have a, yeah, get in here and sort of let their hair down a bit, but still they have to go home this afternoon and see the same old thing. It's pretty ordinary, but if they can forget about things for a few hours

it's really good for them. With the sheep loaded up and headed home for another year, there's only one request of city folk from the locals. I guess if people realised the battle some people are going through. The farmers, they are a pretty proud lot. They don't, you know, they don't like any hand outs or anything, they like to do it themselves. Pray for rain? Yeah, Yeah. Down on your knees and wear the trousers knees out I'd say.

It'd be good. I think perhaps it should be called the Walking of the Sheep, based on that. Well, we're almost out of time, but before we go, if you would like to contact us with any information at all, you can send us a fax, there's the number on your screen. an email here to State Focus,

and let us know what you think of the show. That's all for this week. I'm Phil Lynch. Guy Sweeting returns next week again at the special time of 8:30 Saturday morning. Again, for State Focus. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra. We apologise for the temporary loss of captions.

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