Gavin Hill, a turf farmer from Largs, NSW has been nominated in the Landboss Father’s Day competition and is one of the finalists in the running to win a Landboss 800D UTV.There’s a lot of love for dads out there, judging by the response to our Landboss Father’s Day photo competition.
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More than 1000 entries were received, with families from around Australia telling us why their dad was the best and deserving to win a Landboss 800D utility vehicle worth $15,990.

A shortlist of 25 finalists has been selected. You can view their photos in this photo gallery.

Finalists named in Landboss Father’s Day photo competition DON HUBBARD, SPRING RIDGE: Re-building contour banks following a super storm flood in March. Nominated by Sarah Hubbard who says: “At 57 he’s driven a dozer to rebuild our farm seven days a week since March. He is my everyday inspiration of humility, humour and hard work.”

DES HANRAHAN, DAYSDALE: Finding time for play amid the work on the farm. Nominated by Phillip Hanrahan who says: “I love my dad because he is always working hard on the farm and he always has time to kick the footy.”

ANDREW WALKER, HANNAFORD: The Boss and The Kid in need of a transport upgrade. Nominated by Emma Walker who says: “He does so many good jobs on the farm and looks after me well and I love him 100 million.”

BRETT PHILLIPS, WOODCHESTER: Nominated by Toby Phillips who says: “Dad loves having fun with me and my brother around our farm. This is how he would react if I won him a Landboss.”

ANDREW HEWITT, RIDDELLS CREEK: Push! Taken out the back of Pa’s in 2015. Nominated by Christian Hewitt who says: “He works hard at his job and carts hay in his time off. He takes us to the farm where we have fun.”

JAIMIE MILLING, LEADVILLE: Inspecting the damage on the family farm after the Sir Ivan bushfire in February. Nominated by Fenella Milling who says: “Dad risked his life and fought as hard as he could to save our family farm.”

GAVIN HILL, LARGS: With Daddy’s little girl. Nominated by Maggie Hill who says: “My dad works hard every day, farming turf and making hay. He works two jobs the best he can. Like Landboss he’s a dependable man!”

RODNEY SIMMONS, GLOSSODIA: Modified a car himself for working around the farm. Nominated by by Mark Simmons who says: “Hard worker on the farm, usually resulting in bruises and cuts but never stops! Always there for family. Upgrading his modified farm vehicle would be awesome!”

NATHAN LILLEY, PORT FAIRY: With his daughter Ruby, 18 months, fixing a leaking trough on their sheep farm. Nominated by Ruby who says: “My dad is the best because even though I slow him down (a lot), he never leaves me behind.”

AARON RAGGETT, MT ISA: At sundown with son Archer, finishing up some first birthday cake on the back of the ute. Nominated by Archer who says: “Works hard sun up to sundown, has still given me the greatest gift of all, which is timeless love. Always puts his family first. A real BOSS!”

BILL HUTCHISON, GILGANDRA: When I grow up Dad, I will shear faster than you. Nominated by Susan Hutchison who says: “My husband is the best dad to our boys as he is always teaching them about the farm, shearing or just having fun at home.”

GEOFF WALLACE, MOUNT HELEN: Snuggles with the kids. Nominated by Euphemia Wallace who says: “My daddy is lovely and he is my champion.”

SCOTT BUSSENSCHUTT, TICKERA: Spending lunch time with dad, my favourite time of the day. Nominated by Natthaya Bussenschutt who says: “Dad helps me every day, never lets me down and works hard on our farm so we can go on holidays.”

TREVOR NEILSEN, WOOLOOGA: Having a yarn leaning on the fence. Nominated by Matthew Neilsen who says: “He is supportive and would do anything for his family.”

PETER WALLACE, BILOELA: Feeding up time. Nominated by Mackenzie Wallace who says: “My dad is the best because he has an awesome sense of adventure and feed up time is always so much fun!”

FRED CROAKER, GUYRA: Digging in the garden with the pets. Nominated by Melanie Croaker who says: “Dad is hard working and tough, as well as kind and creative. He is always patient when teaching me new things on the farm.”

LES WILLIAMS, COOLAH: Pop’s new right-hand man. Nominated by Brett Williams who says: “My dad is one of the hardest working men I know he has taught me so much that I could never repay him.”

MALCOLM MARTIN, TOLGA: Boppy and his princess having coffee. Nominated by Lorraine Martin who says: “He would go to the end of the world for us. Loves his grandbabies unconditionally.”

BRENTON GRATION, MIRBOO NORTH: Kohl, 4, preparing for the trip to Sydney carting spuds with his dad. Nominated by Kohl who says: “My dad works so hard in our business, I don’t see him much but he takes me in his truck and we eat truckers meals.”

PAUL CURR, TRUNDLE: Dinner in the truck at harvest time. Nominated by Paris Curr who says: “He loves his farm, He loves me lots, But boy oh boy, he’d LOVE a Landboss.”

WAYNE WELLS, CROPPA CREEK: The family’s first time in the snow. Nominated by Anna Wells who says: “He is the best because he works hard for us and he plays with us and gives us lots of love. We love our Dad.”

JOEL MACE, QUIRINDI: Drafting his mare Model. Nominated by Beau Mace who says: “My Daddy is the best, he plays games with me all the time and takes me riding on my pony Magic to check our cows.”

JUSTIN LINES, MOUNT BRYAN: Checking on the cows in the hills. Nominated by Emily Lines who says: “My dad is hardworking, tough, reliable, honest and kind. He loves and protects his family, land and stock.”

DAVID CREA, POREPUNKAH: Planting a pear tree on our new farm. Nominated by Magnolia Crea who says: “Papa loves us so much that he just got us a farm and two dogs. He makes us happy!”

DAVID GLASFURD, MANNING: On the farm with our dog Pip. Nominated by Sophie Glasfurd who says: “My dad’s the best because he has the moves to turn any situation into one of fun and laughs. (Hopefully the dance ability isn’t genetic).”

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Passengers row to safety aboard a lifeboat as the ill-fated ship sinks in Titanic. Photo: Merie W. WallaceThe organisers are calling it an immersive cinema experience – but not too immersive.
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With cinema operators looking for ever more innovative ways to turn movie-going into an event, one company is planning to recreate the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage on Sydney Harbour in November.

Beyond Cinema will take up to 1000 passengers on a sightseeing cruise boat for a screening of James Cameron’s hit movie, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet???, from 1997.

After buying tickets to first-, second- or third-class decks, they will dress up as if it’s 1912 and eat meals appropriate to their class, with actors on board helping simulate the experience of being on the Titanic.

“We’re going to fully theme the boat itself and recreate the atmosphere of the early 1900s,” the company’s creative director, Aden Levin, says. “Everyone will be given instructions on what clothing to wear.

“They’ll also be given different characters that they will be on the boat.”

Over a five-hour cruise, the organisers plan a mix of theatre and cinema as the boat travels around the harbour.

“Rather than just screening Titanic, we thought, ‘Why don’t we try and recreate the actual experience of being in the movie?'” Levin says.

When the ship hits the iceberg on screen, the organisers will simulate it on the boat.

Levin guarantees nobody will actually end up in the water.

“OH&S in Australia doesn’t actually allow us to actually sink the boat,” he deadpans.

So what will they do for an iceberg?

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the hit movie from 1997. Photo: Merie W. Wallace

“Because there’s a car loading bay, we’re budgeting to recreate an iceberg that’s coming up through the middle of the boat,” Levin says.

Beyond Cinema ran a season of movies watched from hot tubs at Sydney University over winter that was successful enough for the concept to expand to Perth and Melbourne.

Levin believes people who are bored with traditional cinema-going want new experiences so the company is creating “5-D or maybe 6-D” cinema, with the likely audience including “Millennials, Titanic fans and people who just want a fun night”.

After Titanic, it plans a screening of Shawshank Redemption in a former jail.

The concept aims to tap our apparently endless desire for new experiences.

“People are always after the next different thing they can do, whether it’s playing mini-golf inside a Newtown bar or going to one of our hot tub cinemas,” Levin says.

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Weather agencies including Australia’s must step up co-operation to close a “widening gap in capacity” with developing nations, with the urgency of action increasing as the planet heats up, David Grimes, president of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), says.
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The increasing frequency of severe heatwaves, heavy rain events and droughts means it is even more important richer nations such as Australia shared their expertise in forecasting and early warning.

“It’s becoming more urgent. The reality in the developing world is they lack a lot of tools,” said Mr Grimes, ahead of a two-day Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society symposium in Melbourne starting on Tuesday. “You’ve got countries that can barely keep their monitoring systems functioning.”

The potential benefits of early warning have been on show this month as heavy monsoonal rains hit many parts of South Asia, while a deluge near Freetown in Sierra Leone triggered a landslide that killed more than 500 people.

The WMO is hoping to develop a “cascading forecasting system” spanning 12 or more centres to “provide the best information we can to all parts of the world”, Mr Grimes said.

Sharing such work would help “to get people out of harm’s way or to inform decision making in those countries so they can build up their adaptation and resilience”.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology was one of the three original world centres – along with Moscow and Washington – given the nation’s relative strength in southern hemisphere research. It is likely to continue to play a prominent role, he said.

Developing nations have typically contributed little to the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving temperatures higher, and yet are among the most exposed to the effects of severe weather.

Aside from the humanitarian issues, richer nations have an interest in ensuring fragile states are not pushed to breaking point. “If you think about global security and the stability of human settlements and civil society – it’s an important strategic objective of most countries,” Mr Grimes said. 2017 is on course to be the second hottest year on record globally, trailing only 2016. Even without the temperature boost that last year had from a big El Nino in the Pacific, last month was the hottest July on record for land temperatures. (See National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart below.)

Britain’s European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts was recently named by WMO as one of its global centres along with a centre in Montreal, Canada, while France and Germany are among those vying to take on similar roles.

“I expect by next year or so, we’ll probably have most of those centres established,” Mr Grimes said.The Trump administration’s pledge to roll back America’s climate research is so far barely having an effect, he said.

That’s despite reports in the US that the government was disbanding a federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group that applies climate analysis to public and corporate planning.

“I don’t see the evidence [of a pullback] on the weather side,” Mr Grimes said. “You can still accomplish quite a lot without getting into the whole conversation about climate change.”

Understanding how the warming climate will affect different parts of the world requires more research, with the poles and mountain tops among the areas where data is most deficient.

Higher latitude nations, such as Canada, have seen regions warm four to five times the global average.

For Antarctica, with a similar warming rate, the stability of ice sheets particularly on West Antarctica is also “a cause for concern”, Mr Grimes said. One threat is the potentially rapid global sea-level rise should the land-based sheets collapse.

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A PROPOSAL to “outsource” the jobof checking onstudents’welfareinUniversity of Newcastleaccommodation at nighthas alarmeduniversitystaff, with some fearing that sensitiveroles will be performed by “security guards”.
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Documents detailinga restructure of the Infrastructure andFacilities Services section, presented tostaff and seen by the Newcastle Herald, suggest the university“consider outsourcing opportunities” in “student living support officer roles for after-hours presence” in its accommodation precinct.

The changes would also eliminatethe university’s environmental and business support officers, condense the section’s management from four groups totwoand, the Herald understands, cut a senior staff member regarded as a champion forstudents in accommodation.

“To take these areas which are student-focused and put them in with a team who are about plumbing, gardening andcleaningdoes not make sense,” said a staff memberbriefed on the proposals.

“The proposal will also remove the staff who work overnight and replace them with security guards.Security is important in accommodation but the other team’s role is about welfare and caring for students, where security is about control.”

A university spokeswoman said the briefinghadn’t been subjected to a fullstaff consultation process.

“UoN’sInfrastructure and Facilities Services (IFS)will announce proposed staff changes in the coming weeks. The formal consultation paper with the proposed changes has not yet been presented to staff, and the change proposal will only be finalised following consultation with staff about the proposal and after all feedback is considered,” the spokeswoman said.

“The university understands the important role IFS staff play in providing services to students and staff across a range of areas, and this high-quality support and service will continue to remain a priority for the university.”

The university this year agreed tocut short an $88 million management and maintenancecontract with Broadspectrum,previously Transfield.

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