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Hello it's Guy Sweeting. talk TV program for the ACT Welcome to State Focus, our weekly central New South Wales. as well as southern and years of Aussie TV... Today, celebrating fifty How it was in the central west... for ACT teachers... Ongoing industrial problems

start this weekend... Floriade off to a Wollongong Hawks NBL season. and previewing the impact of the passing But first up, the local of the King of the Mountain. Peter Brock leave us with forever What lasting memory and legacy does at Mount Panorama. joined by Rod Harvey, To find out we're Motor Racing Museum, the curator of the national Mount Panorama race track. from the museum just outside the

Welcome to State Focus. mean to Mt Panorama, Rod, how much does Peter Brock Peter Brock will leave at Bathurst? and what kind of legacy do you think no-one will ever divide that. Mt Panorama and Peter Brock, come up through history, It's just something that's 1960's when he started up here. just made him so famous, His nine wins have and the two just go together.

of Bathurst, of course, He is an honorary citizen him as one of their own, and people around here see certainly live on. and his legacy will for the promotion of Bathurst, He's someone who has done a lot have had him here with us. and so we are so proud to do you have of Peter Brock How much of an emphasis motor racing museum? at your national

the 1984 VK Commodore, Well we have an original car, that he drove overseas at Spa, and we have two replicas, one winning car the 28C and of course his original it's great to have it here. - it's a replica of his car, have one of his driving suites. We have lots of photos, we has been associated There is a lot of memorabilia that

with Peter Brock, have it here in the museum. and we are pleased that we Mt Panorama and you museum, What happened at when Brocky's death became public? to Mt Panorama and your museum Was it not long after fans streamed King of the Mountain? to pay tribute to the three o'clock or so That's right, it was about confirmed that he had been killed that we found out that it had been over in Western Australia.

where flowers could be placed, We had a phone call asking and I guess it caught us on the hop. have put aside now, of course, But the place that people there of course is tremendous, is Brock skyline, the view up and that has been the place being named after Peter Brock have been placing flowers. where the majority of people selling fairly fast at your museum Has Peter Brock memorabilia been since his death became known?

pretty much sold out, Yes certainly, I mean we all the DVD's and videos, well, we sold out of mirrors, they have gone, and we has a couple of frames photos and things like that. but we still have some photos, some to grow now with his sad passing. And I am sure it will just continue might be some tribute plans Have you heard any talk about what event this year, for the Bathurst 1000 doing at your museum or what you might be in only a few weeks time? at the time of the Bathurst 1000 together an exhibition for it. We will certainly be putting Avesco are still considering I understand that the council and as a final tribute, what they might do as many of his cars as possible but I know that they are gathering sure that's on the agenda, to do a parade lap, I am memorial to Peter, but as for a more permanent with a final solution to that, I don't think they have come up done prior to this years race. and but I am sure that will be should be a permanent memorial What's your opinion about what to Peter Brock at Mt Panorama? they will get it right, Yes I think, I'm sure like a bronze statue, I imagine it will be something an opinion I have, but I don't know, that's just

appropriate but I am sure it will be people will come to over the years and it will be something that to Australian motor sport, and remember his huge contribution and to Mt Panorama in particular. racing museum been operating? How long has your national motor over behind the pits, It started out in 1987 Brock who made the first donation and coincidentally it was Peter wheels of his winning car. of the car, of the shell and

Moffit reciprocated with his Falcon And not long after that Allen the Mt Panorama Hall of Fame and it's had a name change from to the National Motor Racing Museum. extension later on this year. And we intend doing another period the museum's been operating. So it's continued to grow in that

us today, all the very best. Thanks very much Rod for joining Thanks very much Guy. National Motor Racing Museum Rod Harvey joining us from the at Mount Panorama. has taken on the major banks, In much the same way as Bendigo Bank company based in Dubbo, a community telecommunications is taking on the giant telcos. combined to call themselves Twenty business people have Oxley Community Enterprise. has a hundred and 50 lines connected The community phone company already of major retail outlets. in Dubbo including a couple They put their success to date, locally relevant, down to keeping all aspects including people, jobs and money. Canberra teachers for pay rises. Still ahead, rolling stoppages by it for ACT students? Has it been worth of TV in Australia, Today is the 50th anniversary

a little less than 50 years and while it's probably been since television came to the country, how far regional TV has come we thought we'd have a chat about and what's ahead. over the last few decades member for the central west Peter Andren is the local federal seat of Calare, news man in the central west. but during the 80's was a TV Welcome to State Focus. Thanks for coming in. Hi Guy.

experience in the central west Tell me a little about your TV when you were there reading the news,

from those CBN8 days? and do you have a highlight Well I came up there in 1977 a very exciting phase. and was news editor through to a half hour news, It had basically gone we were starting to do some of the things that regional television had done twenty years before that or fifteen years before that again, because of the threat of the satellite Kerry Packer came up to Orange famously one day and said, look the whole town could burn down on a Saturday or Sunday and you wouldn't know about it till channel nine got here. And he was right, and that sort of precipitated a whole new, outside broadcast vans, news programs, and as for a highlight - gee I don't know - perhaps I can remember field days that got absolutely blasted away by a tornado and being up there covering that - it was just big in it's own way as any of the cyclones in north Queensland. So climate change has been around for a few years. I can remember some of those Orange field days I went to as a kid and they just, some of them got pretty cold. Oh yeah, they moved them around a bit between September and November, but it seemed to either snow or rain, whatever. And that's the beauty of the Tablelands,

you can have four seasons in one day and usually do. Yes, now do you continue to see the many people, who would have watched you on TV many years ago, and do they feel you can do more for them, since you have become their local federal member? Some say I remember you were there, I wish you were still there. And one lady famously... I went to Running Stream for a CWA luncheon one morning, or morning tea,

and over the scones and jam one woman said, you have been in my lounge room for twenty, thirty years or so, and another woman said, he has been in my bedroom for that amount of time, and I said look we won't talk about that, I don't want to know where your TV's are sitting, but yeah a lot of people often come up and say I wish you were still there, but, you know...

Do you miss your TV days? Not really I think, you know, I love the industry, and I love what you can do with television, and particularly in a regional sense. I think local television's going to make a come back big-time. I think people are looking for more community. As we get more global, ironically we're looking for more community, and I think.... More relevance?

It will be digital, it may well be over the web, it mightn't be the same configuration as big studios and big cameras and things, but I think people are wanting more local farmers markets, stuff like that is showing people moving to the country wanting a sense of community and I think it's going to make a comeback. Just one final thing, now that you are the federal member, or you have been the federal local member for a little while, in Calare, are you involved in policies or having your say, as far as regional broadcasting and so forth goes? Well very much so, I am part of a process - I mean you don't have to be part of numbers, if it was all about numbers there would be no room for non-government members. And I think it is absolutely important that the back bench, show the cross benchers particularly, are there,

and the current media laws are up for debate in the next week or two. Just in a nutshell, where do you think they should go? Well I certainly dont want to see a concentration of ownership in the bush and I think there is a real danger that that could happen, and I think diversity, diversity, diversity. As many opinions as possible, let's have them. Ok we will leave it there. Thankyou for coming in today. Thanks Guy.

Thankyou. Federal Independent Calare MP, Peter Andren. Stray dogs in country towns is never a good thing, but in Wellington it's a real problem for Roger Morgan, who is 90 percent visually impaired. He says he and his guide dog, Luke, have been threatened at least twice by stray dogs wandering around town. Its a danger if the guide dog gets distracted from being Roger's eyes or attacked by another dog. The advice from Guide Dogs instructor Matthew Walker,

who lives in Orange, is obviously to keep tabs on your dog and not to let them roam free across town. Coming up, Clive Haggar from the ACT Education union on the ongoing industrial problems of Canberra teachers. Back shortly.

In Milvale, you're watching State Focus. general manager, Mike Hyde, has defended his criticised decision to give council department heads large pay rises. And although he won't reveal how much they'll get, it's believed to be as much as 20 thousand dollars each. Mike Hyde says he believes the three department managers Barry Paull,

Scott Lee and Michael Brearly have worked hard for the pay rise. Still ahead, Canberra's annual flower show, Floriade, which has begun this weekend. But now to striking Canberra teachers. Have rolling stoppages been worth the sacrifice for ACT students? To find out what have been the issues behind the ongoing strike action, which has understandably annoyed parents, we're joined by Clive Haggar from the ACT Education Union.

Welcome to State Focus. Thankyou Guy. Well ACT teachers industrial action, what's the story behind the strikes? Well quite simply we have been in a situation where the government has unilaterally, through the budget process, cut very large numbers of physicians in order to fund the salary increase. And what we are saying to the government is, we don't have a problem about the level of salary increase, which equates to CPI of 4% per annum - that's the standard for teachers around the country and in the private sector. The serious problem we have is the impact on public education of the loss of 10% of our secondary workforce, and also to the damage that is going to be done to the primary sector. So it's a debate on how you fund the pay increases, and it has been an ongoing debate now since March. So teachers have been without a salary increase since July last year and on average they have lost over $800 in terms of strike pay. They're absolutely determined not to see public education sacrificed in this way. Alright, before we get onto further industrial issues, always during teacher strikes, a question comes up of inconvenience to students and parents. What can you tell them to ease their frustration? Are your work stoppage days worth the inconvenience? Well I think that the parents actually in this dispute recognise that we are fighting for the long term future of public education. And whether they are in primary where it's a long term impact, once their children reach secondary school, or actually in secondary school where it's larger class sizes, fewer teachers in the school, fewer curriculum options, parents do understand the nature of the struggle that we are involved in and they have been tremendously supportive for us. Sometimes in these circumstances, and I have got a historical perspective, parents have become somewhat distressed about ongoing disruption, but the focus is very much on the bloody minded approach that we have had from the government. In you experience is striking that way and disadvantage parents and students, who are affected by it, is that always a good Is it a productive way to go about it? When you're in a situation where the government won't negotiate, and that's exactly the circumstance we find ourselves in, there are very few options now under the national industrials relations legislation, for teachers to protest, and try to bring some pressure on the employer. We have an industrial system built around enterprise bargaining, but when the other side won't bargain, when they use a budget, and they use the powers of government to impose their will on a workforce, it makes circumstances very difficult.

And when you add the difficulties of our dispute, to the trauma the stress and the disruption caused by the school closure program, it's been a very bad year 2006 for public education. And we don't want 2007 to be any worse. And looking ahead to 2007, what's further plan for the rest of this year? What's sort of progress do you think you might make, or what's the next step? Well we have certainly made a major point that the offers that the government put up that contain job loss, that contain major negative impacts on working conditions, are not to be supported for simply a CPI increase. So we are saying to the government now and we have got the support of the ACTU in doing this, come back to the negotiating table, let's see what we can work out in terms of a package that properly rewards teachers, but has educational positives for students as well. Thanks for coming in today. Thankyou very much Guy. Cheers. Clive Haggar from the ACT Education Union. We're about to find out how well Spring has Sprung in Canberra with what's on at Floriade, but it appears Spring is also looking pretty impressive in Bombala. It's not all mother nature, there have been many volunteers from the Bombala and District Garden Club who have been busy planting bulbs in the colder months, for the Spring reward. Its most noticeable at Bicentennial Park and along the Monaro Highway.

Still ahead, previewing The Wollongong Hawks NBL season with head coach Brendan Joyce. Canberra's annual Spring festival Floriade, which runs until Sunday the 15th of October, has just begun this weekend, and while we were joined by Tara Moss for the launch of Floriade a few weeks back, let's find out some specifics about what's planned for the upcoming weeks. We're joined today by Vicky Munday, Floriade's Operations manager and head gardener Andrew Forster. Welcome both to State Focus. Thankyou Guy. Well firstly to you Vicky. How did the preparation go for Floriade this year? Do different themes each year take different amounts of time to put together? Certainly, different types of infrastructure, different elements that need to go into garden beds, say, for example, this year we have got fifteen different countries, so their are some elements that are going in there that, of course, we have never used before. So it's a bat of a challenge to get the bits and pieces that make up the garden bed in the end. And we work with Andrew to do that fairly well, getting the infrastructure in there at the right time. Andrew has it been a bit dry this year for doing Floriade? Does it make things a bit tough? It's not too bad this yeah. We have had some rain at particular times. We've also got irrigation in the park, which we can turn on when we need to. How many months does it take to prepare for Floriade,

and does it get easier each year to co-ordinate? Learning from the lessons of the previous year? I don't think it gets easier. I think it's always a great challenge, because every year is so different, but we usually start about eighteen months in advance, and we work together with the design team and the horticultural team and the nursery team. And we come up with the themes and start creating the designs, and then the bulbs and annuals all have to be ordered about twelve months in advance. So we're currently ordering for next years Floriade,

which has already been designed. We wish you all the best with Floriade this year. Thanks for coming in. Thankyou. That's Floriade manager Vicky Munday and head gardener Andrew Forster. Well good news for the economy of Junee with news all eight new proposed national rail freight corridors will pass through the town. Federal Transport minister, Warren Truss, who launched the proposed routes, says it's needed to cope with the expected doubling

of Australia's freight traffic within another 13 years. Junee will be better placed than other towns the proposed routes will pass through, as Junee is included in each planned route. A locally preferred option includes the one which passes through Wagga, Junee, Stockinbingal and up through Dubbo. Next up, previewing the Wollongong NBL Hawks. Chances for the upcoming season with head coach Brendan Joyce. Stay with us.

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From Bullagreen to Bobundara, this is State Focus. The Greater Southern Area Health Service is continuing to invite community input for the planning of a new health facility for the Bega Valley Shire. The planning team is preferring to call the hospital a health facility, as it will include support services and service delivery in the community as well as surgical and medical services. The plan for the health facility will be on show at the next public meeting in November. head coach Carrie Graf, Last week we were joined by Capitals in the women's NBL this year. to talk about Canberra's chances Wollongong's chances So today let's find out about

in the men's NBL. head coach of the Wollongong Hawks, We're joined by Brendan Joyce the in our Illawarra studio. Welcome to State Focus. Yeah G'day guys. Well, when is your team in action? will play our first game Well the Wollongong IMB Hawks against the Adelaide 36's. on the 24th of September still two weeks away So you know we are have those two weeks, and I am glad to with the world championships. because I have been away in Japan

with the team the better So the more time I get been able to tell, Now from what you have quite a threat this year? the Adelaide 36's are made a few changes, Yeah, you know, they have they've got Nick Horvath they brought in Brett Wheeler, Lenard Copeland from the Tigers who they got form the Razorback's, with Brisbane last year. who played one year very experienced team So they have got a Will Farrley, Brett Mah. They can't be under estimated,

to be a very difficult opponent and from what I saw they are going come the first game. end up in last years season? Refresh our memories, how did you got off to a bad start We finished third and near the bottom of the ladder, we were two and six and down had to do with the fact and I think a lot of that the Australian team, that I was a way with days before the season started. and only got back nine or ten So this time I've got four weeks finishing a couple of weeks ago. with the world championships

but we finished third last year, So looking forward to the challenge, and had a pretty good season, we climbed back up the ladder probably our most versatile but injuries to Glen Savill didn't help us in the finals, and best player certainly one of our imports, as did an injury with certainly hurt us as well. for the upcoming season What are the realistic expectations for the Hawks? You mentioned you got to third, bad start that you said you had. which is pretty good after the

position third, or get better? Do you reckon you could equal and finish in that top four. I would love for us to try finish in the top four We usually aim to chance of winning it. come from outside the four It's very difficult to to win a premiership. as in most sports and get into the top four. So our goal is to try younger team this year, We have got a we have lost a couple of players,

to compete financially we weren't able to keep one of our players, with the big city teams, and that happens sometimes then we lose them, we develop players managed to be really competitive. but inspite of that we have always We have been in two grand finals the last five years, and we have been in the top four the last seven years, so we certainly know it is going to be a difficult season, a tough season and we are prepared for that, but from a coaching point of view

our goal is to try and get into that top four. What are some of the talents specifically that you will be looking to this year to help you get some progress? Yeah, Glen Savill's healthy. He hurt himself five weeks toward the end of the season and fortunately it wasn't a career ending injury, bone bruising as we have seen with Sean Timmons in the rugby and Sam McKinal with basketball, they have been out for a couple of years.

So immediately when he was hurt, we gave him two weeks, he came back, the soreness wasn't right. So he has had all this time to prepare and that's the key for us. I mean, Glen's our best player. Cortez Groves had an outstanding year last year. We have got Adam Ballinger who missed a number of games and was hurt in the finals so he is healthy now. We have got a good nucleus Matt Campbell, he has been with us a long time,

and we have got some young kids coming into the team, eighteen year old Daniel Joyce, he has had a great pre-season so far and that's added a lot of enthusiasm to the team. And excitement around the place that we have brought a young kid into the team. Ok the fan base, the supporter base, how have the people of Wollongong embraced the Hawks and how do you expect the support will go this year? Well we have got, our slogan is Never Say Die and that typifies what we are about, our marketing company Wopels

did a lot of research during the off season, because obviously we want more people to come to the games. And I guess the trade marks that we have instilled within the team, over the years is 'never give up'. and one of the things that came out in the research was that people appreciated the way the Hawk's played despite the fact that we are not one of the biggest budget teams and we are a small county town competing nationally,

and we are always competitive there's an appreciation there and they love our never say die attitude, So that's actually our logo this year to go along with our name 'never say die'. That pretty much typifies what we're about, and I think we are going to be in for a tough year so we are going to need to instill within everybody, and hopefully that's going to bring people to the games as well. Alright well we wish you all the best and we have to leave it there. Thank's for coming in. Thank's for having us, really appreciate it. Wollongong NBL head coach Brendan Joyce joining in our Illawarra studio. A smoother safer ride for drivers travelling between Blayney and Bathurst, especially with the Bathurst 1000 only a few weeks away. Paterson's Bridge over Belubula River will have a upgrade of almost of almost one and a half million dollars, which will widen existing lanes and get rid of the hair pin turn leading into the bridge. The bridgework is expected to be finished mid next year.

Almost out of time, but before we go, our viewer feedback contact details. We welcome your comments about our show. You can send us a fax on 6241 9429 or email us That's as it happened this week. I'm Guy Sweeting. Join us next week at our usual midday Saturday timeslot for State Focus.

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