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(generated from captions) Enjoy your weekend. Thank

you, Mark. And now recapping

tonight's main story - a

coordinated bomb attack in

Jakarta has left nine people

dead and seriously injured

dozens more, including two

Australians. The Australian

Government has offered to send

Federal Police and technical

experts to the blast zone. And

that's ABC News. Stay with us

now for Stateline with Melissa

Polomeni. You can find the

latest headlines 24 hours a day

at ABC Online. Have a great

weekend. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI This Program is Captioned

Live. Everybody knew it was going

to be a big day. We can see you

coming down the ladder now. When Armstrong stepped on

the moon. I did glance up and

saw him holding on to the

ladder and step off.

Hello Action, and welcome to

Stateline. My name is Melissa

Polimeni. Coming up - concerns

about autism support. We will

meet the Canberra men sho WHO

shared the moon landing with

the world. And we will strike a

chord with barbershop choirs.

But first it's's the biggest

wind power project in NSW and

it's right on our door step.

The Capital Wind Farm near Lake

George is hard to miss. It's

been at the centre of debate

over whether this kind of

renewable energy could save the

planet or wreck the landscape.

Stateline has tracked the story

since the wind farm was propose

and three years on the

controversy continues. This

week, the turbines started

turning. Siobhan Heanue has the


There are some who are very

strongly in favour of it and

some who are very strongly

against it. I think most people like them. They can see the

benefits that will come to the

community. The sleepy hills

near Bungendore have been

France formed. - transformed. A

strange skyline have has grown

in a landscape that hasn't seen

such drastic reinvention since

the first graziers arrived in

the 1820s. The architect of

this new scene is Capital Wind

Farm, back to the tune of $220

million by a global investment

firm. Julie Gray and Bill

Hoorweg belong to the old

landscape. And they fought for

it. We actually did sell the

property. It was actually sold

and then we decided we really

got to make a stand, we cannot

be forced off our land that

we've worked for 20 years for

without some kind of

unbelievable fight. Now, you made your opposition to the

building of this wind farm

quite clear. You were very open

about it. Yes. What

ramifications did that have for

you during the construction

phase? Well, we had a sign on

our property to say we were

completely against the wind

turbine development and we had

several times where we had

glass thrown all over our

driveway. We had human

ex-treata put in our letter

box, wiped all over our gate

and it was made en no uncertain

terms we were not welcome. We

were continue stantly having -

constantly having glass -

everything you could think of,

tipped on our driveway. I

actually had threatening phone

calls as well. So I just feel

that it is so about money and

not about anything to do with

the emissions and not about

anything to do with the saving

the environment. It is like a greej religion. Even though

they can't see the turbines

from their house, Bill and

Julie are worried about the

noise They say it's like an

old shoe in a tumble drier and,

you know, for a short period of

time that might not be

intrusive but when it goes on

and on rhythmicly - you will

have this low infrasound or sub

frequencies that you don't

niecelilary but you feel. The

mayor of Bungendore can see the

rotors spinning from his house

and he doesn't seem to mind at

all. What is the vefd at this

point? It is very much in the

eye of the be holder.

Personally I think they're

lovely, and I quite like look

at them. I think they're

re#4r5678ing seeing them go

round and round very

slowly. Some land holders have

embraced the wind farm. Some are being paid tens of thousand

of dollars to have the wind

farm on their land. Some are

resisting the change and

leaving the year in protest. A

couple of people have said they

are going to move because it's

too close. But these days

they're very, very quite due to

the new technology. After

knocking back other wind farm

proposals, Palerang Council

endorsed this one. And the wind

farm company threw in a few

extras to sweeten the deal for

Bungendore. The company behind

the wind farm promised a couple

of things for the local

community, one of those was to

seal the road that is just

outside your front gate here.

Has that happened? , no it

hasn't. It won't happen. Work

is being done on it and it is

going to be a sealed road.

That's a great benefit for

council because council

wouldn't have had the money to

do that. Is there any time

frame in which you can expect

that to be completed

in? Certainly within the next

12 months but I am not sure of

the exact time frame. A fire

tanker was mart of the deal.

Have has that been

delivered? I would have to find

out. I am pretty sure it has

been handed over. I didn't step

it but unless it was my

predecessor I don't know. What

the project has delivered is

the biggest economic injection Bungendore has seen in

years. It's been massive. All the workers have been living in

the area. So there's

accommodation, the services,

the hotel, the restaurant,, the

takeaway out-Lotts - outlets.

All the businesses are going do

well out of it. Back h on the

streets in Bungendore, the jury

is still out on whether the

wind farm is worth it. We love

them. We think they're a great

idea. It would only be silly

people who think there's

something wrong with it.

They're miles out there. Nobody

can hear it. I understand that the energy requirements to

build a wind farm takes more

than depaif five years to

recover the energy that's

produced it. So I lean towards

solar panels. I wouldn't like

to live in the backyard or have

it on your own property. Sure

it couldn't be too bad in your

local area. I think they're

ugly. I think they should be

painted a different colour so

they blend with the landscape,

say green at the bottom, blue

at the top . I am not against

it. I just think it's a pity

that occasion ally we turn country landscape into

industrial landscape.

Support services for children

with behavioural and

developmental disorders are

already under pressure in

Canberra. And there could soon

be extra demand from referrals

from across theword. An early

intervention service based in

Goulburn faces an uncertain

future. The Area Health Service

denies the reports the

initiative will be axed but the

locals are not convinced. Two, three... 3-year-old Liaticia is

tall for her age and not

lacking confidence. But her mum

knew something wasn't right

when she realised other kids

were head and shoulders above

Letisha in long skills -

language skills. A vr. And then

there were other

problems. Violent. So violent.

Bight me, punch, kicking me. It

was terrible. For Jakki

Davis, help findly came just

when she thought she couldn't

go on. I was that upset they

was such a bad parent that I

was literally considering

giving her up because I thought

I was doing the wrong thing by

her. I wasn't parenting

crectly. And I just -

correctly. It's take yaeb

weight off my shoulder and we

get along so much better

now. 12 month s on, life with

Liaticia while still

challenging has improved dramatically. Liaticia was

locked in a world of her own,

in a world of autism

disorder. She is showing love

and affection where she wasn't

before. You couldn't kuld, kiss

or touch her. She is saying

that she love you and she

hadn't been say ing anything

like that at all. She is making

friends. She's learning. Jakki

Davis cred s the change in her

doubt tore a small Health

Department program catering for

children in an area that take s

in ghoul Bourne, Cooma, Yass

and Canberra. This cottage has

the infant family service is

regarded as precious asset to

those who use it. So that

that's why you were quite alarmed when question marks

appeared over the future of

this service? I was worried for

Liaticia and so many other kids

out there who haven't been

assessed yet. Knows that the

program has done so much for

her daughter, Jakki Davis was determined not to lose the

service without a fight. She

organised a petition. It's

received hundreds of signatures

s and she wrote to her local

MP. The loss for the child and

the community is more, much

more than the half a million

dollars they will save. Like

a lot of good idea, the model

is a simple one. After being referred to the service, the child is assessed combai

doctor, a psychologist, an

occupational therapist and a

speech therapist. It's really a

cornerstone in that whole

process because once they're

oh're identified through say

care settings, by early

intervention workers or people

much as myself - such as

myself, these children get a

full assessment and that means

they're able to access the care

they need promptly. How are

things going? Since last time

we saw you he's changed so

much. 5-year-old Tyler might

look like any other boy his age

but like Liaticia he is a child

with special needs.

Paediatrician Dr Ken Maclean

referred him to the program a

year ago and he hasn't looked back. He's loving the interaction with the other

kids. Stateline wasn't able to

speak to my of of the Health

Department employees who work

in the department but Wendy Allen works closely with the

team. M I am just surprised they're wishing to change it

when it's been a successful

initiative of southern area

health. Why do you want to fix

something sha's not

broken? After talk of cuts to

frontline positions triggered a

storm of protest, the region's

health bureaucrats are now

choosing their words carefully.

When Stateline contacted the southern Area Health Service,

we were told the program wa z

going to be expand.

They're just trying to stop

the publicity, to be honest

because it's happening. As far

as us parents are aware and the

staff are away, it's

happening. Change and

uncertainty that kids are

autism often don't cope well

with. They need familiar

paerntds and routines to feel

at ease. Restructure it, make

it better, but won't take it

away. If you can't make it

better, keep it as it is. Don't

take the service a way at all.

And that report was from Nic

Grimm. Next week marks 40 years

since man's first steps on the

moon. It's an important milestone for a group of

Canberra men who helped relay

the proof back to earth. Forget

'The Dish' near Parkes, it was actually Honeysuckle Creek

NASA's former tracking station

south-west of Canberra, that

received those first iconic

image s as Neil Armstrong got

moon dust on his boots.

Stateline invited three former

tracking station engineers into

the hills to relive that

amazing mission in the the

winter of 1969.

My name is John Saxon. I

worked at Honeysuckle for 13

years. More or less the entire

time it was open. And for NASA

for 30 years. And I was just so

incredibly lucky, I can't

believe it. I still can't

believe it, to have been

involved in this project

Apollo, to land men on the

moon, when I was always a bit

of a space enthusiast. My job

up here was operations

supervisor. I worked the consol

which used to sort of conduct

the orchestra, if you like, on

the sites mere when we were supporting 'Apollo' missions,

Skylab and many other missions

subsequently to that. The way

the flight plan was organised

was that Parkes would have done

all of the initial steps on the

moon and EVA but in fact

because Armstrong decided that

they were going to get out of

the LEM early, and for that

reason the geometry was such

that Parkes only had a 30-degree elevation minimum

limit. They could only look 30

degrees up in the sky we could

go round down to ground level.

It was Park's misfortune that

they didn't come on line until

about nine minutes after the

television turned on and

Armstrong came down the lad

ever. It just so happened that

we were in the right place at

the right time.

The bedroom is over there.

Cafeteria. I remember the lunches were absolutely

fantastic. We had 36 cents we

used to pay for lunch. Yeah. I

remember running down during

missions to get a styrofoam cup

of coffee. On that particular

morning it was sleeting and

raining and very cold outside.

I remember we didn't see the

actual landing: We were busy at

the time they were landing

doing our checks and setting

the equipment up. And they

landed about 6:17 in the

morning, our time. We didn't

see the space craft until about

11, 11:12. The land tong moon

we were listening in to it. And

it was a bit nerve-racking when

things were looking like they

were running out of fuel.

Everybody knew it was going

to be a big day and apart from

a new little - few little

problems everything went

according to plan. It was

marvellous from that point of

view. But I should emphasise

although we were lucky enough

to see the best quality

television and television slightly before everybody else

and all this sort of thing, it

was really a low priority data

stream. The highest priority

was the astronaut bio medical

data, their heart beats, res

piration, shortly followed by the voice communications and

the command systems an

everything else really was a

high priority than television.

So I really only just sort of

glanced at it. We had a monitor

on the console. We can see you coming down the ladder

now. When Armstrong stepped on

the moon. I did glance up, saw

her holding on to the ladder

and stepping off, and timed it

to the second because we had a

sweepstake going and I wanted

to make sure we didn't didle

anyone on that one. I didn't

win it. I don't know who did.

One small step for man, one

giant leap for man kind. That

was the one thing we couldn't

simulate, actually. Nobody

really knew what the pictures

from lunar surface were going

to be like, how good the camera

was going to be up there and

all the rest of it. The

sensation was OK they've done

it but there will be many more

and we have the rest of this

maition to worry about yet. -

mission to worry about yet. So

there was no jumping up and

down. There were no jumping up

and down and no hi-5s. It was

an intense time and I think we were relieved we didn't screw

up too badly. I have a very

vivid memory on stand tong

grass right there and I was

looking at the moon was up

there and the antenna was here

looking at the moon and there

were kangaroos around me in the

grass and I was look at the

moon thinking, "Wow, there are

people up there." And I looked

in the window and there were

the astronauts on the moon's

surface. And I thought I'm in

the mild of the Australian bush

around me with croos and I'm in

the middle of this huge

endeavour of the human being.

The President of the United

States is in his office now and

we would would like to say a

few words to you. We were

lucky. We were lucky. It was a

question of timing and good

fortune. But it was very much

welcomed by us all, to be

actually part of it. This

certainly has the most historic

phone call ever made. I think a

lot has happened in the

intervening period but for me

to come back here today, the

memories are coming back. I

doesn't seem that long. You

don't forget moments like we

had up here.

And Wendy Allen was the

reporter - Craig Allen was the

reporter of that story. And

we'll stick with the space

theme now with a man who loves

star gazing so much, he built

his own backyard observery. Steve Crouch is an

astrotrougher. He's been

snapping the night skies for

almost 40 years and shared some

of his favourites with

Stateline. I am an amateur

astronomer. I have been doing

this for an awfully long time.

I got my first telescope in

1962. That doesn't mean the interest has been uniform over

that time but it's been pretty

strong for the last 20 year. I

first got into astronomical

troughy back about 1970. In

fact I still have the very

first astronomical photograph I

ever took. It doesn't rate very

highly with ones that I take

now. When I first started

this, or the reason I first

started taking a few

photographs with my own, I saw

a few pictures in magazines at

the time and I thought I can do

bet than. This as it turned out

I couldn't at the time. I'd

pick an object I might like to

take photograph o of. Fit Fit's relatively bright I can

normally take all the images I

need within a few hours. If

it's a faint object it might

need to be taken over several

days. I don't do anything

particular with the images.

It's a hobby after all. Some of

them get published in magazines

and elsewhere. I've had a

couple of my images feature as

the NASA astronomy picture of

the day, which is a worldwide

competition. When I was

working, it used to be a case

of mainly just doing this on

Friday and Saturday nights

because when I had to go to

work I couldn't stay up all

night. Now it does ct matter so


Imagine being able to create

a sound using just your voice

that has such a profound

harmonic effect that it can

rattle windows and rumble your

tummy? Reaching that moment of

perfection is what makes

singing barbershop so unique.

Tradition ally a quartet,

barbershop choirs are now move

f ploings popular. The

Brindabella Chorus recently impressed at the national

competition and the men's group

will compete in Tasmania this

year. This week Stateline joins

the chorus.

(Sings) # Can anybody find me

hr somebody to love # When

you're sing and everything fits

in together, it gives you a

real buzz. What is that feel

ing like when you nail the

harmony. It's goose bumps. Your

whole body tingles and you can

feel your ears vibrating.

(Sings) # Somebody to love.

# Find me somebody to love#.

The beauty of barbershop is

that when you get the chords

right it's almost a

transcendant moment. It's a

wonderful feeling.

It all just locks in

nicely, it rings. And you can't

not smile.

(Sings) # What do I do when you

are far away?# My name is Bec,

I'm the musical director for

the Hume Highway men. The Hume

Highwaymen are combined

Canberra men and we combine our

choruses to compete. Our first

rehearsals was on the way to

Gundagai, hence the name, the

Hume Highway men. I'm glend ya,

I'm the musical director of

Brindabella Chorus. I've been

their director for 167 years.

Aim 2 long est currently

serving director. No breathing

for the word care. So let's

give it another go. Nearly

every time I mention

barbershop, people think it's

old guys in boat ar hats. It

died out for about 20s in the

1920s and in the '40s the men

formed their own group and then

the wives said they were not

going to be left out of this.

(Sings) # Find me somebody to love

# Find me to love

# Find me somebody to love.# There's tenor, which is

the high one, that's me. The

lead which carries the Mel Di.

The baritone which does the

kind of glue between the lead

and the base and then the base

which is the foundation of the group.

(Sings) # Barbershop, --, --,

--. Barbershop, barbershop,

barbershop.# We actually have

a lot of women who come and

join our chorus who have been

told they can't sing. I rub

them through some scales an we

find out they've got these

really low voice. So when

they've tried to sing in

church, they haven't been able

to hit the notes so they've

been screechy and horrible. We

find them and say you're a base

and here is a part that fits


(Sings) # Shall we catch a shooting star

# Shining star# Every year we

get together and compete

against each other. We do compete against each other but

we're largely competing against ourselves.

(Sings) # I am ready for a marriage vow

# Because she's my baby now.# It's great to to be

competing this time. We haven't

competed for six years an we

now have the opportunity to

compete against the best

choruses in Australia and this

time round this year it will be

in Hobart in late September. What about the

trips away - what goes on tour

stays on tour? Yeah. Are there

some wild chorus tour? I don't

know about - yeah, maybe. I've

learned a lot abt about mum

since I joined the chorus!

(Sings) # Find me somebody to

love. #

Nice job. And Chris Kimball

was the reporter. There he will

be back in the presenter's

chair next week with a special

feature on a remarkable group

of local women called the 'Dames of Dumaresq Street'.

It's a classic story of

suburban Canberra life. And

don't forget all the

transcripts and links to our

stories will be on our website

on Monday. And you can find us at:

That's it for now. Thanks

for your company. Goodbye.

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