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Brisbane Airport takes legal action against Airservices Australia over PFAS chemicals

Brisbane Airport BRISBANE AIRPORT is suing Airservices Australia over the same toxicfirefighting chemicals that have triggered Williamtown’scontamination crisis.
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Airservices Australia, established in 1995,providesaviation rescue and fire fighting services to 26commercial airports across the country.

The government-owned agencyhas contracts withSydney, Melbourne and Canberra Airports. However it does not service Newcastle Airport, which relies on the neighbouring Defence base for its firefighting operations.

Brisbane Airport was contacted over the lawsuit on Thursday, but said it was unable to comment while the matter was before the courts.

“Brisbane Airport Corporation can confirm it has filed legal action in the Supreme Court of Queensland against Airservices Australia (ASA) in relation to historical aqueous film forming foam contamination caused byASA at the airport,” it said.

Fairfax Media previously reported that thelatest annual report for Airservices Australia included a $23.2 million liability earmarked for managing the fallout from the legacy of contamination.

The company has stated thatit has not used a fire fighting foam containing the harmful per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] at any of its civilian airport operations since 2010. It claims it began phasing out foams containing PFASin the early 2000s.

Airservices Australiahas been contacted for comment.

More to come.

The pull of Hawthorn: why people love this leafy suburb

When Graeme Smith and his wife Liz decided to move closer to the city, Hawthorn was the obvious choice. Long-time residents of the eastern suburbs, the couple had lived in Burwood East for 28 years before downscaling to a three-storey townhouse in Hawthorn East.
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“We wanted somewhere that was a bit more convenient to town,” says Smith, as well as somewhere with a wide range of public transport. “And just to have more things at our doorstep.”

Smith was no stranger to the leafy blue-ribbon suburb. He grew up in nearby North Balwyn and Kew, and his mother had lived in Hawthorn for many years after becoming an empty nester. He appreciates its more cosmopolitan qualities, but also its peace and quiet.

One of Melbourne’s more moneyed suburbs, Hawthorn’s tree-lined streets host heritage homes and manicured gardens, but the presence of Swinburne University ensures a buzzing atmosphere along its main drags. The west side of the neighbourhood follows the curves of the Yarra and there’s no shortage of sprawling parks and sports facilities.

“My favourite market in Melbourne,” is how Andrew Leoncelli, CBRE Victoria’s managing director, describes it. “Hawthorn ticks all the boxes. You’ve got very good retail amenities, lifestyle amenities, and then good public transport.”

In recent years the suburb’s more traditional restaurants have been supplemented by a new generation of on-trend cafes and eateries, such as Bawa on Burwood Road, which opened to much hype in October 2015 and still does a roaring trade two years later.

Inspired by the designs of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, which blended built environments with nature, the cafe’s fit-out is airy and decked with foliage – fitting for a Hawthorn venue.

“Our design aspect really does fit into the suburb well,” says co-owner and head chef Chris Griffiths, who grew up in Hawthorn. “It’s a beautiful suburb. You can drive down side streets and feel covered by trees.

“I find Hawthorn’s not as relaxed as Fitzroy and not as snobby as Toorak. People are very approachable and very friendly.”

Wade Nicholson-Doyle, owner of Hello Sailor cafe on Auburn Road, agrees. It’s an approach he’s tried to mirror in his business.

“We wanted to create a cafe that has zero attitude, so there’s no too-cool-for-school kids working there, everyone’s very relaxed and chilled,” he says. “I’ve noticed that a lot of the locals know all our staff by name.”

Occupying a heritage building on a corner site, Hello Sailor draws a wide and varied clientele, from older customers and mother with babies during the week, to younger groups on weekends and even the odd Hawthorn footy player.

Nicholson-Doyle believes that alongside its proximity to the city and its friendly locals, Hawthorn’s extensive array of cafes is one of its biggest drawcards.

“It brings more people to the streets,” he says. “I think everyone offers something a little bit different as well. They all kind of compliment each other.”

Smith says there are “tonnes” of cafes close to his home, and he has some favourite spots for dinner too, like south-east Asian fusion restaurant Okra, The Beehive Hotel, and The Meat & Wine Co.

“We can walk to quite a few of the restaurants and the rest of them we get on public transport,” he says.

The suburb’s strong student cohort also means there’s no shortage of places to eat on a shoestring.

“If you want a quick, cheap meal, you go down Burwood Road or Glenferrie Road and you’re lost because of the degree of choice you have,” says Smith. “I find that aspect rather good. Even when you’re just walking around the streets, it’s a bit more interesting than just having old fogies like me.”

Boutiques are another fixture of Hawthorn, dotting Auburn and Glenferrie Villages, with stores such as Hokey Curator, Swoon and Muse stocking high-end fashion and homewares. The suburb is also home to one of Readings’ beloved bookshops.

Andrew Leoncelli says as more Hawthorn residents become empty nesters and their family homes feel too large, they’re seeking smaller alternatives.

“They’re looking for large, high-quality, well-finished apartments,” he says.

A new development that’s seeing interest from local downsizers is The Auburn, a project that will comprise just 14 apartments once completed. Located at 177 Auburn Road, it will sit just 400 metres from Auburn train station, and even closer to Auburn Village.

“This project is actually tailored to that mature buyer, buyers coming out of a big family home where the kids are no longer with them or the final kid is getting ready to leave school,” Leoncelli explains.

The Auburn, built by award-winning WAF construction, will have one one-bedroom residence, nine two-bedroom apartments, and four three-bedroom apartments. Both its architecture and interiors are the work of award-winning Fitzroy practice Splinter Society. All offer wide courtyards for indoor-outdoor entertaining, and Leoncelli says their large-sized kitchens are a particular highlight.

“What we’ve got is a beautiful kitchen with enormous, natural granite finished to a very high level, and double ovens,” he says. “Also the scale of the master bedroom with walk-in-robes and an en suite.”

In addition to its location and design, Leoncelli believes The Auburn’s boutique status is something that makes it particularly appealing.

“It’s a bit of an enclave,” he says. “They’re all big apartments, they’re not investor or student-focused, so they’re going to have like-minded people sharing their spaces.”

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From wheelchair to wetsuit: Lauren Parker plunges back into triathlon

Lauren ParkerThere will be many inspiring stories in Sunday’s Maitland Triathlon, but none more so than Lauren Parker’s.
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Triathlete Parker is taking part in the 1500m swim leg a little more than six months after a freak training accident left her paralysed from the waistdown.

In April, the 28-year-old’s life was thrown upside down when on a routine training ride near Raymond Terrace both her tyres blew. She crashed into a guard railand was leftparalysed from the impact.

Parker said returning to swimming had been pivotal in her recovery both physically and mentally.

The Maitland Triathlon at Morpeth will beher thirdforay back into competition.

She completed the 1000 metre swim legs at last month’s Nepean and Noosa triathlons, but unfortunately a big swell forced the cancellation of the 1.6km swim leg at the Challenged Athletes Foundation triathlon in San Diego on October 22.

“The trip to San Diego was great for me as I got to meet so many people facing the same issues as me,” she said.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get to swim as the swell was too rough, but I got so much out of it.

“I hate being in a wheelchair, but that’s where I am at the moment. There are so many things which affect your daily life which able bodied people just wouldn’t consider.

“There are good days and tough days. I just try to look at the positives and the huge support I’ve received from friends and family and the triathlon community has helped so much.

Lauren’s journey back: from wheelchair to wetsuit DETERMINED: Lauren Parker is taking part in the swim leg of Sunday’s Maitland Triathlon at Morpeth just six months after being paralysed from the waist down. Picture: Simone De Peake

DETERMINED: Lauren Parker is taking part in the swim leg of Sunday’s Maitland Triathlon at Morpeth just six months after being paralysed from the waist down. Picture: Simone De Peake

Lauren Parker in the days after her horrific cycling accident near Raymond Terrace on April 18.

Lauren Parker competes at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Lauren Parker in Royal North Shore Spinal Cord Injury Unit days after her accident. She spent three months there before being moved to a specialist spinal centre in Ryde.

Lauren Parker at the start of her rehabilitation in Royal North Shore Spinal Cord Injury Unit days after her April 18 accident which left her paralysed from the waist down.

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Artist Peter Lankas features in Rockin’ the Suburbs at Gallery 139 in Hamilton

The Newcastle man with the lawnmower on his head | PHOTOS The Burbs: A Peter Lankas painting of a bloke with a lawnmower on his head.
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A Lankas painting of a couple having fun with a shopping trolley at Charlestown.

A Lankas painting of a bloke crossing Glebe Road at Adamstown.

Newcastle artist Peter Lankas.

TweetFacebookOff Your Trolley A Lankas painting of a couple having fun with a shopping trolley at Charlestown.

Another Lankas painting that captured the wry eye of Topics was a couple skylarkingin a shopping trolley at theCaltex on the highway at Charlestown.

“You know how teenagers muck around –they’reout late at night at twoin the morning, running through the streets with a shopping trolley.

“It’s about your first love and she’s in the trolley and having fun.”

Peter has a penchant for painting service stations.

“Service stations are like lit-up beacons in the night, saying ‘come in, come in’. You drive past and there’s a beauty in the lighting and brightness.

“The irony is that you walk in there and it’s full of junk food,coke and petrol. It looks so good, but there’s nothing good there.”

Adamstown Bloke A Lankas painting of a bloke crossing Glebe Road at Adamstown.

Another Lankas painting we thought we’d share features a bloke dressed in a black shirt and jeans, crossing Glebe Road at Adamstown.

Peter said he has a bag filled with “two-minute noodles, ciggies ora drink – whateverhe’s into”.

Peter is interestedin capturing “ordinary things that we see and do everyday and people take for granted or miss”.

“I try and document that there’s beauty everywhere in the most mundane, ordinary elements that happen in everyday life.”

Newcastle, he says, has “a lovely, slow beauty to it”.

“There’s a lot of colour in some of the houses that were painted by the guys working in the steelworks. They used to take home leftover paint, which had bright colours. They used to paint their houses with it,” he said.

Turn it On and OffTopics has oftenheard the advice from IT experts to “turn it off and on again”when there’s a problem with ourcomputer.

But we’d never heard this one before.

Our Foxtel box was on the blink. We rang Foxtel and spoke to someone overseas, who advised us to “turn the HDMI cable around”.

That is, unplug the cable from the TV and Foxtel box, turn the cable around and plug each end into the opposingslot from which it came.

“That doesn’t make sense. It’s not logical,” we said, all conceited, to our foreign friend.

Lo and behold, it worked.

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‘This is human rights’: Frances Abbott sweats on survey

Frances Abbott was all smiles on the red carpet at Oaks Day but said on the inside she is sweating the outcome of the same-sex marriage postal survey.
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“I’m waiting with held breath, fingers crossed that it’s a ‘yes’ vote. If for some reason it is not a yes win, then it’s not the end. This is not something that’s going away … it’s really important, it’s human rights,” Abbott told Fairfax Media at Oaks Day at Flemington.

The former “first daughter” went public recently with her decision to vote “yes” in the campaign, despite Mr Abbott’s strong opposition to same-sex marriage.

Frances Abbott at the Myer lunch for Oaks Day.

Mr Abbott’s sister, Christine, is gay and also supports same-sex marriage.

Frances Abbott said the family didn’t let their views get in the way of their personal relationships.

“I have my views, Tones has his view, aunty Chris. When we’re all together we focus on the family stuff and leave the politics outside,” she said.

Frances was a guest of Myer at a lunch celebrating Australian women of influence and inspiration at the department store’s marquee at Oaks Day.

She said her mother, Margie, was her greatest inspiration.

“She is a goddess, I love her. She is so strong but so soft. She is kind but firm, I credit everything I am to who she is,” Frances said.

Frances Abbott has recently gained a profile on the bodybuilding scene and said she generally feels more comfortable on the stage than the red carpet.

“I fell in love with that [bodybuilding] … it was performing, I would do my little winky face. It was so much fun. All those weeks of hard work leading up to it felt awesome,” she said.

The postal survey results will be released on Wednesday November 15.

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