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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Hello, I'm Peta Burton, and welcome to State Focus, great to have you with us. On today's show, glamour with a cause. We meet two ACT beauties who've made the finals of the 2008 Miss Earth Australia Contest. And, former Canberra author Gavin Freeman will get you through a few hurdles, with his new book "The Business Olympian". But first, the recent loss of a great mate to many in the Moruya/Tuross area has brought the South Coast

community even closer together. 17-year old Chris Brice was hit by a car along South Head Road a couple of Friday nights ago, and just last week three of his friends went to Eurobodalla Shire Council with a road safety campaign, and one of those friends, Joelene Smith joins us now with Eurobodalla Shire Councillor, Rob Pollack. Good morning to you both. Thanks so much for being here. Thank you. Now we'll start with you first Joelene, pretty brave thing to do to go to Council. Why did you go? And what did you ask Council to do? Well we went before the Council to speak to them about getting the completion of the bike path along South-head Road to make it a bit more safety. Put up a safety barrier between the road and the footpath just for a bit of extra safety. And just to make the road a lot more safe. We handed in some petitions that we had put out on the Monday before the interview. 600 odd signatures you got. About 624 signatures we handed in on the first meeting with the Council. on the How was it going in? Were you guys nervous or? Oh yeah. It was real nerve racking for the whole 3 of us. But it wasn't for my other 2 friends being there with me I probably wouldn't have been able to do it by myself. Rob what was your reaction when the girls came in? I don't think there would be a person in the room that was amazed with the courage and the presentation that the girls brought circumstances you would not have had a soul if you weren't amazingly touched by the efforts and the sincerity that they came in. Tell us a little bit about this section of road though. A bit about the history of this road because if your words it's not the best section of road. No it's a section of road that has already had significant upgrade, but the road itself joins the Moruya township out to South-head and at the South-head end there's a significant urban population and the community and Council to joint cycle way footpath and that's now about 3 kms and there's been terrific work done on that. We're planning on spending other 400,000 dollars in the coming 12 months in this financial year on road upgrading and further provision for that pathway. We're also working at the western end, the end that links to the Moruya township because there's again significant urban population in there. So that will link up with existing pathways. Now we've just had some pictures come up of the work that has been done. So specifically this area is, has been widened. Or is without road reserves I know and also some wetland area. So there's a few problem areas there to continue a lot of work. But it's this section that has been widened that needs further work? The section where we are, where the terrible accident occurred, has had already been upgraded and widened. order of 800 meters. It's really a safe place and it is, it's a rural road in that section. So we've already been to Southern Energy and we will be trying to get section. friends say. What do they think about this area Joelene? Well a lot of our friends use it. Like we've got a couple of our mates that are out from that way and they hit you along that road so it is pretty dangerous and we all told they're walking out that way. But if we all stick together and we stay on the main safe part of the road, then yeah, but we are all worried for our friends. It does worry us when we know someone is walking up along that road. Now listen, Council wants to work with you girls. They've asked you to help with some training and education. What's involved with that and how do you feel? How satisfied do you feel about their reaction or their response? Oh we're very, very surprised with the response that we got back. meeting and all the people walking up to us thanking us for the petitions and getting out there and getting the word out about the road. And just the road safety. We've come up with a few campaigns that we're thinking of. though. Well we're thinking of coming up with some velcro belts with the white lining through it so they can either chuck it on their ankles, around their wrists, on their back. It's attached by velcro. 'Cos it's gotta be cool. Yeah it's gotta be in the fashion if the kids are gonna wear it. You're not gonna wear it if it's not cool. out something that's like the construction workers. 'Cos you don't want to see young kids walking around with a vest on, going out to a friends house or something. So if we can come up with like, little vests that just strap on your back, or keep them tight, I reckon we can get it out there @ Is this possible. Can you help the girls do this? We're already working through that. We've got a youth officer who she's working with the girls. We've got a road safety officer, she's working, to work up the project. We're also suggesting that through the economic development officer at Council that we look at establishing something like, through the Young Achievers Award and involving the Moruya High School and having a project that goes on to actually design products that goes into a competitive situation across New South Wales to give the students a chance to work up something that is cool, that is fashionable and will get used. There's no point, as Joelene said, there's not point coming up with something that isn't going to be used. So it's a joint and it will be a community effort. But we can help lead that certainly the take up from the school, the girls, the friends and the family has been fantastic @ girls, the f Yeah, what's been the family's reaction to your initiative?

Well I never really got to see the family after the accident and the got from the mum and dad was just unbelievable. everything that we've done and I've made sure that they knew that it wasn't just me. Apart of it, the whole community and the school, all his friends, we're all there, just to support them and show them that, yeah, we have lost a great mate, but he's opened our eyes to a lot of stuff as well. Now Rob you also know Chris's family quite well and this incident has shocked the entire community. How have you been dealing with it and how have you seen the family cope? fantastic. They lately put a notice in the paper telling everyone, don't be afraid, call in and see us, we'd love to see you and I think that's really fantastic because they've given that signal to the community you know. Keep talking to us. Be part of it. They're a terrific family. The Turrabella Gardens is an institution on the South Coast. It's been a major destination, it's the gardens and the nursery and Chris's parents, Nick and Danielle are very active in that as are Chris's grandparents who are established. So when will this start? training, education, when will this program all begin? Are we talking like, today, tomorrow? Well we're kinda hoping we can get it up and done as soon as we can, but there's still a lot of work to be done like, the designing, getting the right fabrics, the right colours. Organising the right people to get it out there and promote it. And just like the financial of it as well and getting it all put together. So we're hoping that we can get done within the next couple of weeks or even a month at the latest. Well would you come back on and have a chat with us? Would you come back on and show us some of the samples, or perhaps even show us some of the colours. show yous what we're coming up with and that. That's terrific. I've put it out there to the schools and to the community to come up with some designs that they think the kids would wear, even the young kids, I told them to come up with some nice designs that I think that they would wear and I would make them so that they'd be safe. Well the couches are ready for yourself, Kelly and Stephanie, the 3

of you girls, we'd love to have you back. Tell us, what will you miss most about Chris? Just his smile and he's just happy all the time. It could be the rainyest day or the saddest day and he'll just sit there with a big grin on his face and you'd not know what's going on in that little mind of his. (LAUGHS) Just his smile. Wonderful. I can't thank you enough for being with us this morning. Thanks very much for sharing the story and some great results coming the Moruya way. Thanks very much for being with us. Thank you. Thank you for having us. break, but coming up two natural beauties from the ACT join us next on State Focus.

You're watching State Focus. Preserving the world and it's natural beauty is what Miss Earth Australia is all about. The ACT has seven beauties entered in this year's competition, and two of them are with us now, Fuchsia Bullot and Dina Ivankovic. Beautiful names. Good morning. Good morning.

Good morning Peta. Now first of all, congratulations to you girls. How exciting to be a finalist. Thank you. Yeah, yeah. It's definitely exciting. I mean, we're getting the opportunity to do something that not very many other people get to do. Have you had time to sleep? So far we have. I mean, we've got a lot of ahead of us. And tell us a little bit about what you're doing locally 'cos you've both said that it's up to your generations to help save the planet.

To start now, to get involved. So what are you doing locally to do your bit for the future? Well definitely, you know, when I was younger I was a member of my local scout group. So I've been talking to them a bit and just trying to organise to go along to a few of like the A.C.T. functions and just, you know, let the kids know what's going on and you know, my concerns and just really put a positive light on it.

Definitely Cat-eyes Promotions that helped us get these positions, the owner there, Kate Marsden is organising for some tree planting to go on this week and next week. And that will be in different areas around the A.C.T. You've come from a rather environmentally conscience family though. Do you think it's up to the mum's and dad's though to do their bit? Well, um, I guess they do encourage, you know, their children to like,

take up these environmental conscience practices but there are families and there are people out there that aren't entirely aware of how they can help out. You know, reducing their energy use and being conservative with their water usage as well. So I guess this is a great opportunity for us especially to help out in our local community, get out the awareness of, you know, how we can contribute to the environment. @ how we can contrib

Are you nervous at all? I mean what about walking on you know, stage, or the routines or remembering speeches. Have you got you're save the planet speech prepared? I haven't got anything prepared. (LAUGHS) @ I haven't got anything I've started mine. Um. (LAUGHS) Finishing it will be the problem. Now listen. Finally I just want to know, you know, is it possible at the end of day to save the world in heels? Yes. I think it takes one person, you know, to influence others,

especially because we're getting out there in the community. You know, we're interacting with other people so, we have a greater influence. @ ot Definitely everyone's gonna listen to what we have to say. Even if you've got a pair of stilettos on? They'll listen even more! (LAUGHS) Love it! (LAUGHS) Good luck girls. Go the A.C.T. Thanks for your time. Thank you. (WHOOSH) From beauty pageants to a new book that's out on the shelves called, "The Business Olympian". And, to tell us about it we're joined by the author, former Canberra boy and team psychologist to some of the world's elite athletes and Olympians, Gavin Freeman. How are you sunshine? Hi, how are you going? I'm very well. Now you have been inside the minds of some of elite athletes. What did you find?

Well there's lots of things when you look inside those minds. But what you tend to find is that there really are some common skills that all these athletes have which really separates the good from the great athletes and that's what we're looking for here. What separates good to great and then how can those be transferred into other areas of the world. Other areas of business. Other areas of your life. So do we all have Olympic capabilities and how do you do that?

How does the average person apply these Olympic skills and strategies? Well the first bit is to really start and looking inside where you are and what are your strengths, what are your weaknesses? What are your goals? What are the things that you need to achieve in whatever it might be. If it's in work then what are the KPIs? And then it's a matter of breaking it down and looking at the individual skills that are going to help you develop this mental

toughness. And there's a whole series of skills which really go in to helping us develop other mental toughness and it's working out which one's you need to develop. Which one's you don't have and then making sure you've got a good plan in place. Now you just said, KPIs. Did I hear you right? What are KPIs? Most businesses will have a key performance indicator, or an objective or a goal. That the individual has to work towards. And often that's related to their bonus's or to some other form of

you know, remuneration, but it's quite important tool in business. Listen now, let's talk about being in 'the zone' so to speak. How do you actually get there. How do you stay there and how do you get there again. You know and perform at your ultimate? That's a great question and getting into the zone is something that most people will strive to do.

We often hear people reflect back when they tell us when they were in the zone as a reflective tool and that's really the starting point, is to work out when you were once in that zone. When everything was just firing, you know, everything you did was just working and then it was trying to work out, what's the emotional state attached to that? And what I mean by that is, is working out, we all know that there are certain emotions that we have which are listed certain performances. And so, we might need to be happy or

we might need to be content. Or we might need to be angry or, you know, one of these emotions. It's recognising that we're all going to have a series of different emotions. And we need to know which one of those need to be in play to enable us to create what I call an ideal performance date. And that's what that is. That ideal performance date is getting yourself in the most emotionally stable position that enables you to then do these in the

zone type performances that you've now reflected back on. What about when it comes to making mistakes though and moving on from them and finding the motivation to do that? Putting the tim tams away! (LAUGHS) Look, there's two things when you're looking at mistakes and when your looking at motivation and the first thing is, there's two types of motivation. There's people who are going to be motivated to succeed and there's going to be motivated to avoid failure.

The one's who are motivated to avoid failure are the challenges because they'll be driven by a need to avoid you know, negative evaluation of themselves, by themselves or by others. What we're looking for is someone who's motivated to succeed. They will see, any form of failure as simply a stepping stone to future success. So then double back and think, well what do we do when we get mistakes, you know and it's a great lesson that I remember seeing the advert

and reading the story about Michael Jordan who talks about all the mistakes and all the misses he made and it was because of all of those that he turned out to be as great as what he was. And that's the message I think we all can learn from. Is that, we've got to take our mistakes, we've got to learn from those mistakes and then we've got to move forward from them. Yes you mentioned about Michael Jordan. The quote in the book and he's also missed more than 9000 shots in his career. I find that very hard to believe.

Oh he's probably missed more than 9000 by the time that came out. But it's really looking at saying, okay, he's reflected back on that. He's seen the mistakes he's made and he's hasn't allowed that mistake to time travel forward with him. So into his next shot, he's not thinking I'm missed the last one so now I need to make up for it. Similarly in business, you make a mistake and you know, you might loose out on a piece of business or loose a pitch, loose a proposal, you want to learn from that, but you don't want to be going into the

next proposal thinking, I better make up for the last one. Each one needs to be it's own independent exercise and its own independent process. But you still need to have learned from earlier mistake. Well you are certainly an inspiring individual. You have inspired me to go out and buy some lycra. (LAUGHS) Oh, look, nobody ever looks good in lycra. So maybe just a pair of shorts @

Thanks Gavin for your time. All the best with the book. Thanks. Thanks Peta. Thanks Peta. Okay, after the break we meet a upcoming Canberra rockstar from Front Counter, who've been hanging out with Bon Jovi.

Welcome back to State Focus. The band members from Front Counter can now say they're great mates with Bon Jovi, after recently rocking the stage with him in front of 15,000 screaming fans. They're new album "A Toast To You and Me" is in stores as we speak, and earlier two of the group joined us for a chat, Canberra's Rhys

Thomson and Anton Hockey. And I started off by asking them how good it was to jam with the man. (WHOOSH) No it was amazing. It was an amazing experience. We had such a good time. You just jump up on stage with 15,000 people. You pretty much look out and all you can see is people. And yeah, it's amazing @ you can Was it electrifying. Did you feel like rock stars Rhys? It kind of, yeah, your mind just kind of goes blank. You just see all the people and then you sit around for a second

and you go, wow, what's going on. This is amazing. But it yeah, it was really, really exciting. We feel like rockstars you know. The backstage areas and you've got, all the sound tracks and all these guys running around helping you out. How did it come about? How did you actually get that gig? Well we sort of just decided one day, our bass player, Aiden, said there's a competition on MMM in Melbourne. We could enter our song. And pretty much, yeah, we didn't really expect to get anywhere in it, but we had a good CD to go by really and yeah, we made it to the

top 5 and then yeah, we went into the studio and did some acoustic stuff and they picked us and we were just like - whoa. Now is the song, the song that got you in, 'What's you're name?' Yep. Fantastic 'cos that was written amazingly in 20 minutes. Who's responsible for knocking that one up? The way we write songs is just as a group effort. I mean we just went into band practice and you know, someone

started just the riff, you know, it's just 3 simple chords and then all of a sudden it's like - hey this is cool. 'Cos it's quite famous actually that song now because it's had some air-play on Neighbours as well. Yeah, we're doing sort of a, I think we're playing there, a live, um, yeah... That's pretty cool. ...set in the bar there. And it's about love! (LAUGHS) Isn't it? (LAUGHS) So are you true romantics? Or who is the true romantic in the band. It's probably less about love and more about picking up a girl in a bar. I guess. (LAUGHS) Okay. Nah. It's yeah, it's sort of about having the courage to... That's where it all starts. Yeah, I guess. (LAUGHS) (LAUGHS) For you, can you speak from experience can you Rhys? Hey, well yeah, I've got a girlfriend that I met at a bar. (LAUGHS) @ girlfriend that I met (LAUGHS) Well you're the one that's in love. 'Cos I've got here Josh. Josh is the one who is looking for a sweet girl. Josh, our drummer? Yes he is. Now listen. From that success though, how well do the five of you work First of all, how did you all get together? 'Cos one wanted to be, one was a bouncer, one worked in a hospital and someone wanted to be the next Jessica Fletcher. Who's that? That's Aiden. Oh, you'd have to ask him that I think. He, yeah. That's scary. (LAUGHS) Nah, he's a really random dude Aiden. No he pretty much just, me and Aiden were just sitting around one day and decided that we wanted to start a band and we met Josh through a couple of mates and Rhys joined us about a year and half ago and Josh our new guitarist just recently a couple of months he's been with us, so, sort of just had a couple of line up changes and we've got a really good formula. We work really well together. Especially writing wise now. Everyone has really different tastes in music. And that all comes through and it sort of, it gets our sound @ And With the other 3 not here, can you give us some goss on them. Oh look, they're all stand up guys really @ Oh look, they're all sta Their still in bed. Yeah. I think they are still in bed. Okay. Do you get recognised now? You know, someone wanted Josh's pic, someone asked for Josh's pic, one of

the audience members the other day. So do you get recognised in the street? I mean, asked for your autographs? I mean women throwing themselves at you. (LAUGHS) I wouldn't go that far. Yeah, I wouldn't got that far. I mean, it's, we're on a tour at the moment and it's good to play some shows where people will come down and you're playing in a show, sort of 800k's from your home town and there's people there singing along to the songs and buying your merch and getting it signed and stuff and that's really cool.

Yeah, kind of, you know, going out to sit in front of Bon Jovi's fans was amazing. But going somewhere else and playing some people who know your music is really amazing as well. Now listen, do you remember your Canberra days well? I remember them fondly yeah. I grew up in Canberra, we moved around a lot, I studied in Chapman and I went to Forrest primary which is just near Parliament House. I lived in Red Hill, Yarralumla, Bruce, near Woden Hospital.

Do you have people ringing you up asking you for tickets, or I don't know, front row, backstage passes or anything like that. When we got Bon Jovi there was about, every single person we knew thought, oh yeah we can just get them backstage and party on. And I went - what do you think this is? No @ And I went - what do you We try. Yeah we get a lot of people calling. Friends becoming friends from far away places. Listen, I've got to say, congratulations on 'A Toast to You and Me'.

How does it feel having the album out? I mean, what reaction have you had so far? It's been really positive. I mean the amount of I guess, media coverage we've had is just phenomenal. We never expected it to get half the media coverage really. I think it's nice to see something we've worked really hard on getting.. We're you nervous? I mean on August 9? Well we were playing a gig, so we sort of weren't thinking about the release really. It sort of creep up and we sort of realised it was

released in the shop when we were playing. @ released in the shop w And your like - And it's being released today. And we were like - oh yeah, okay, cool, go buy it. You actually said that there have been bands that have gone through set back after set back. These are your words Rhys, but you've never given up. So how hard is it to make it, to make a name for yourselves as a young band? And get the right people hearing your music? Well I think, I think most bands that are you know, out there and sort of big at the moment, they'd have a million set backs for you and I think that just shows, that's just the way it is with becoming a successful band. I mean, you're always gonna play to four people and then, you know, your always gonna play a year of gigs to four people and you spend heaps of money and not get any money back. But how serious are you? How big do you want to be? As big as we can get really. I mean, we just really, the main reason we play music is because we love it. We love playing and you know, we just love being on stage and people enjoying our music. That's why we do it. Not to be rockstars or anything like that. Just to you know, play what we like to do really @ Just to you know, So when you are rich and famous, will you remember us on State Focus? Will you come back? We will come back. For sure. Yeah we will. We love this place. (LAUGHS) Well listen guys, it's a pleasure having you on the couch this morning. Thank you for looking so funky, I think we all look matched quite well this morning with our black and white. You can join the band if you want. I would love to join a band! Done. Do it at the back. You know tria Or some synths. You love synths. I think it's best that I just stay backstage. I think it's safer for everyone. Thanks for joining us, all the best with continued success with 'A Toast For You and Me'. Thanks for having us. No worries. Thanks guys. Thanks. Thanks. (WHOOSH) A great chat there with a couple of the guys from Front Counter. And, that's the show for this week, but it's going to be a "bloomin'" great show next Sunday, as we bring you Floriade 2008, which of course opens on Saturday September 13. This year's theme is "Films That Shaped Our Nation". And, we'll be doing State Focus from amongst all the bulbs and action of Commonwealth Park in Canberra. So, until then, here's a little more music from Front Counter.

See you next Sunday. Bye for now. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra. We apologise for the temporary loss of captions. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.