Mar 20

Agar breaks hearts of Tremain’s Renegades

SPEEDSTER: Chris Tremain steams in during his good spell against the Scorchers, his side couldn’t get the chocolates though. Photo: GETTY IMAGESFormer Western Zone opening bowler Chris Tremain acquitted himself well with the ball at Etihad Stadium on Thursday night, but his efforts weren’t enough to help his Melbourne Renegades over the line in their second game of the Big Bash League, against the Perth Scorchers.
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All the Renegades’ top fivecontributed as the hosts compiled 8-148 from their 20 overs, before Tremain tied up his end with the new-ball, bowling 13 dot balls from his four-over spell –which netted him 0-19.

The Renegades looked to be in control of the game too, until West Indian superstar Dwayne Bravo went down after bowling one over, leaving the Melbourne side down a bowler and one of their star fieldsmen.

Bravo’s injury forced Melbourne skipper Aaron Finch to bowl three overs, which he normally wouldn’t. That proved the decisive factor as Finch charged himself with bowling the final over,from which the Scorchers needed 12 to win.

With the Scorchers needing three from the final ball of the thriller, Finch promptly dished up a rank full toss forAshton Agar (10 not out), who gleefully pumped it for six to seal the win.

That came after Michael Klinger’s 55-ball knock of 72 and Mitch Marsh’s 22-ball 34.

The Renegades will view the loss as a serious missed opportunity after thumping the Sydney Thunder in their opening game a week ago.

Marcus Harris (25), Finch (24), Cameron White (37), Callum Ferguson (28) and Bravo (23) lifted their side to a more than competitive 8-148, Tremain ended the innings 0 not out from two balls.

Klinger, opening the batting, made a huge difference at the top after Shaun Marsh (7) was dismissed early, Tremain taking the catch off the bowling of mesmerising West Indian spinner Sunil Narine.

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Mar 20

The Express’ number 7: Grass Patch gun thieves arrested

The Express’ number 7: Grass Patch gun thieves arrested Photo: Esperance Police
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TweetFacebookis counting down the top 10 most read stories of 2016. Here’s what came in at number seven.

September 16, 2016:Esperance Detectivesarrested two men in relation to the theft of weapons at a farming property near Grass Patch.

A third man has been arrested and wasexpected to appear in The Esperance Magistrates Court on October 4.

Esperance Detectives allegeat about 1am on August 29,2016, burglary andstealing offences committed on farmhouses located on aproperty near Grass Patch.

Duringthe course of the burglaries the offenders stole a total of eight licensed firearms,about 600 rounds of associated ammunition, other weapons, cash andjewellery.

Since the time of the incident Esperance Detectives, have executed a total of six criminal investigation act searches and two firearms act search warrants.

A number offirearms and the associated ammunition has been recovered to date.

As a result of these inquiries the offenders responsible for the burglary and stealingoffences have been identified and charged.

Inquiries into the whereabouts of theoutstanding property items are continuing.

On September 8, 2016,Esperance manLuke Peter George Wyldewas chargedwith two charges of aggravated burglary and stealing.

The32-year-oldappeared in the EsperanceMagistrates Court on September 9,2016, and was given bail to reappear on October 4,2016.

On September 15, 2016, NulsenmanTimothy Gregory Mathew Galvinwascharged with two counts of aggravated burglary and stealing.

The 30-year-oldappeared in theEsperance Magistrates Court on September 16 2016, and has been remanded incustody to reappear onSeptember 29,2016.

Also on September 12, 2016, a 39-year-old Nulsen manwas arrested and charged withtwo counts of aggravated burglary and stealing.

Esperance Detectivesallege this mandrove thevehicle that was involved in the burglary and stealing matters and will appear inEsperance Magistrates Court on October 4, 2016.

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Mar 20

Confirmed changes to freight yard

Transport Minister Jacinta Allan has confirmed the freight yard at the Maryborough Rail Station will receive alterations as part of the Murray Basin Rail Project.
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Despite rising concern from various sections of the community that the area would be made redundant, Ms Allan said the freight yard and a nearby passing loop would be retained in the $416 million project.

“The loop at Maryborough will be retained and the freight yard will be reconfigured to accommodate 40-wagon grain trains,” she said in a written statement to The Courier.

“The (Murray Basin) project office will also be at the Maryborough station so that residents and businesses can easily talk to the project team.”

The exact changes to the Maryborough area remain unclear, with planning still being completed; however, it’s understood the changes will allow the yard to house longer trains.

Ms Allan’s confirmation that the freight yard will be retained is welcome news for many, with both the Rail Revival Alliance and Central Goldfields Shire Council both fearful it would be made redundant –potentially impacting economic advantages for the township.

In September, Central Goldfields Shire chief executiveMark Johnston penned a letter to Ms Allan expressing concerns over what the potential removal of infrastructure would mean for the shire.

“These would appear to council to be important infrastructure that could provide opportunity for Central Goldfields Shire to develop business opportunities off; and to enable ready access for the the socially disadvantage (sic.) to access the retail centre of Maryborough,” he wrote.

RRA president Noel Laidlaw said it was “fantastic” the yard will be retained, but reserved judgement on its success until full planning is released.

“The devil is in the detail.But we really need to know what the details.

“How many roads are going to be left (in the yard)?”

It’s understood V/Line is working with various freight operators to ensure the reconfigured yard meets their needs.

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Mar 20

White spot virus found at another prawn farm

DISEASED: A prawn infected with the white spot disease. Photo: Biosecurity QueenslandBIOSECURITY scientists are destocking a fifth aquaculture farm on the Logan River as they continue to respond to an outbreak of white spot disease in prawns.
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A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson said they had received positive test results from the farm for the virus that causes the disease.

Earlier this month theLogan River was closed to the commercial and recreational take of crustaceans like prawns and crabs.

The spokesperson said the latest farm to be identified was about four kilometres downriver from the other four premises that hadalready been destocked.

“At this stage it is not yet clear how the virus has come to be present on this premises,” the spokesperson said.

There were three other aquaculture farms –one of which had no prawn stock – nearby.

“Treatment of infected ponds with chlorine has commenced and heightened surveillance measures in the other nearby premises are in place.”

WSD is a viral infection that affects crustaceans.

Australia had previously been WSD free and the recent cases were the first confirmed in an aquaculture setting.

Queensland Boating and Fishing Patrol has asked recreational fishers to report unusual signs in prawns and crabs.

Prawns with WSD may have a loose shell with numerous white spots (0.5-2.0mm in diameter) on the inside surface of the shell and a pink to red discolouration.

Signs to look for include:

unusual mortalityprawns coming to the edge or water surface of the pondprawns demonstrating unusual swimming patternsreduced feeding and failure to thriveAnyone who suspects a disease on their property must report it to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

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Mar 20

What next: Ben Gillies on life after Silverchair

What next: Ben Gillies on life after Silverchair Born to rock: Ben Gillies, 37, in Newcastle, talks about plans for a new solo album, his beverage company and Silverchair. Picture: Marina Neil
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TweetFacebookIt’s not about how big Silverchair has gone or what we achieved. If you love music, and writing music, and playing music, it’s part of who you are.

Ben GilliesNEW MUSICNow, he is nearing completion of a new album, to be released under his own name, in 2017.

While he and his wife Jackie have called Melbourne home for the last four years, he has been making the album in Byron Bay, working with hot young producer Jordan Power, originally from Maitland. Powerhas played a role in works by the likes ofAngus and Julia Stone, Xavier Rudd, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Gaga.

“It’s been just him and me in the studio,” Gillies says of working with Power. “In the studio is like being on tour. You develop your own language.

“It’s cool, we hang out. I really enjoy working with him.

“He knows, he understands the ebbs and flows in the studio. He knows when to leave me alone when I’m playing. He’ll jump in and say, ‘that was cool, work on that’. He knows when I’m in a low. I don’t want to stay low, if nothing feels like it’s rolling, he will push me to get through it. All of sudden, something clicks. He’ll send me on a two-hour productive spike.

“My point: we understand each other’s process.”

He’s got one more recording session booked in with Power at Byron in January and expects to have the last of 10 songs wrapped up early in 2017, with the album dropping by mid-year, through Golden Robot Records.

Making music is an essential part of Gillies’ life –as it has been since he was an adolescent jamming with his mates in the tiny bedroom of his family home on Smith Street, Merewether. It was in that creative environmentTomorrowwas born.“I remember it so clearly,” Gillies says of the session where Johns tumbled out the chorus to the song that catapulted them to fame.

He called Johns later from his dad’s study and said come around in the next couple of days and we’ll finish that song.

“We just sat there and busted it out,” Gillies recalls of the next time they met up.

Creating songs ischallenging, and ultimately satisfying for him.

“i don’t like any rules,” he says of the process. “Whatever feels good.

“It could be on guitars, sometimes piano, could be a block of words.

“I find lyrics challenging. But I have a system. A thought, or something I want to say, and sentences start to pop out.

“My lyric sheets look like the scribbling of a mad man. Certain works, certain phrases will paint a picture in my mind.. Then I throw my ideas down on paper, it starts moulding itself. I don’t know how to explain it.

The first “Tomorrow” video clip“Like a soup, it sits on the oven. It’s a reduction, kind of makes itself once I get all the ideas down.”

This time Gillies has been playing most of the instruments on the recording – drums, guitar, piano. “It’s mostly real instruments,” he says. “There are some electronic bits, but they are not the driving force.”

What is the sound?

Gillies’ immediate response: “Let’s just say, it’s rock.”

Gillies has not made a decision about supporting the album release with a tour, but he soundslike iswas leaning towards doing it.

“I need to get a little more match fit, in terms of singing on stage,” he says. “I haven’t had the experience. Wish I did more singing earlier. I wish I sang more in Silverchair, to be honest. Even if it was bv [backing vocals], but I didn’t.

“It’s confronting, it’s scary. But f – – – it, you only live once. No use sitting around, twiddling your thumbs being scared . . .

“I would be happy to get up and play in front of 10 people and have the best time in life. That’s where my head is at.”

Gillies stopped drinking alcohol three years ago. He estimates he’s consumed had a total of a litre of alcohol – tequila to be exact – in the last four years, and all of that while testing product for his 100percent brand. The 100percent range is two ready-to-drink products, at 6.6% alcohol – one with blood orange and bitters, the other with lime and agave nectar.

“It’s an interesting position to be in; I own a booze company. But I don’t judge anyone. For me, running the business, writing music, helping Jackie with her stuff [she is, of course, a star on the reality TV series, Real Housewives of Melbourne], I’ve got so much going on. Not being a drinker, it’s kind of changed my life.”

While he and Jackie enjoy Melbourne, Gillies doesn’t spend much time chasing live music. But then again, he says he never did, even in the Silverchair days. “I want to know if I’m going to see a band, that I can dig it. It’s all about relatability.”

SilverchairThe heady days with Silverchair will be part of who Ben Gillies is forever. But, despite the global success, he says it was never about the fame.

“It always comes back to the music,” he says in a stream-of-consciousness thought bubble. “All the other stuff melts away.

“For me, if Silverchair did nothing and never went anywhere, the way I feel about music would still be the same. I would still have to satisfy those musical urges.

“Silverchair is a very large part of what I’ve done with my time on the big rolling ball, but, I guess, music becomes you. The magic of a band is the collective of the people in that band. Outside of that band, be it Silverchair or whoever, you have your own personal relationship with music. However you satisfy it, you find your own way.

“To me, it’s the same stuff – writing recording and playing. It’s pretty simple really.”

Would he get a new buzz out of a Silverchair reunion?

“If Silverchair is doing something again, that would be great, but…. if or when that happens, I don’t know . . .

“To me where the band was left, it was like there was no bookend. Kind of like, I felt were were midway through chapter 8 of a 12-chapter book and then we stopped writing.

“It was a hard one for me. When we wentinto indefinite hiatus, it was a fancy way of saying, ‘we’ll play some more music if we like it.’ ”

Post-Silverchair, Gillies has grown as a businessman and a husband. He’s found another life besides rock’n’roll drummer in one of the greatest bands in the world.

But.

“I love Silverchair. I love Dan and Chris.

“We’ve had an extraordinary experience. The only people who could possibly know are the three of us.

“When we play together, there is an undeniable magic.

“I do miss it, of course I do. It’s like a drug that has no side effect.”