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The sixth International Biennial of Media Art: Experimenta Recharge will be exhibited at the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival (MWAF) this year.

MODERN LOOK: 3D printing will be part of the Biennial exhibition.

“It’s a great coup to be hosting this critically acclaimed, international exhibition here,” Arts Mildura director­ Paul Lambeth said.

“It shows Mildura is a vibrant regional arts centre with a great appreciation for media and digital artistry.”

The Experimenta Recharge exhibition poses the question; does knowledge change when it is presented in different technological forms and cultural contexts?

By producing unconventional perspectives, can experimental artists illuminate existing knowledge and meaning for a new generation?­

The exhibition presents 18 works from Australian and international­ artists.

The multidisciplinary works draw from photography, installation, electronic sculpture, interactive and immersive media, robotics, bio art, live art, sound art, 3D printing, games, animation, film and video.

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LEICAMEARES is returning to her home track of Ballarat on Thursday in pursuit of a return to best form and a feature race victory.

Dan O’Sullivan saddles up Leicameares in the fourth heat of the Porter Plant Cup Series, 1400m – a showcase event for fillies and mares.

This is the last lead-up to the $50,000 Porter Plant Cup, 1400m, in Ballarat on Thursday, March 12.

Ballarat Turf Club has run previous heats over three consecutive Thursdays.

Up to her latest outing, when last at Sandown Lakeside, Leicameares had been a model of consistency this campaign for O’Sullivan.

She had produced a win in Ballarat, plus a second and two thirds in as many starts.

The four-year-old’s win at Sportsbet-Ballarat was significantly over Thursday’s 1400-metre trip.

Damien Oliver gave Leicameares the run of the race, one-out and one-back, before switching her to the inside and railing through to the lead.

Glen Boss takes the ride on her this time and although Leicameares will jump from the outside gate, this should not cause too many problems in a small field.

The Terry and Karina O’Sullivan-trained Resumethegame (60.5kg) is top weight, but this will be eased by a 2kg claim by apprentice jockey Jessica Payne.

Darren Weir, who won the first Porter Plant Cup heat with Pendles, has accepted with So Hasty, while La Consolidate (Robbie Griffiths), Tail Risk (Danny O’Brien) and Cathy’s Mark (Nigel Blackiston) are others from other leading stables.

Thursday, which features seven races starting at 1.20pm, will be the first of three race meetings in the space of eight days in Ballarat, with the Victorian jumps season being launched at the track on Tuesday.

Three jumps races have been programmed – $20,000 maiden hurdle, 3200m; $20,000 benchmark125 hurdle, 3200m; and benchmark125 steeplechase, 3200m.

MEANWHILE, Weir saddles up the latest import for OTI Racing at Sandown on Wednesday.

Lightly raced four-year-old Tall Ship makes his Australian debut in the Mitavite Challenge heat five, 1400m.

He has raced seven times in England.

Weir isn’t expecting the import to figure prominently on Wednesday, but believes he’s a nice stayer in the making.

He’s had three trials to prepare him for Australian conditions, with Weir insisting he’s shown improvement at each outing.

“He’s a nice staying type,” Weir said.

“We’ve put him in here to kick him off and then we’ll just work our way through it from there.”

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Adding value: Working at Aroundagain are Chris Dowdy, Matt Reyney, Owen Richardson and Luke Hudson. Picture: Louise DongesWITH the right support, people with disabilities can make a valuable contribution to the workforce, says the Christie Centre chief executive.

Florence Davidson wants employers to look past a person’s disability when considering hiring them.

She said they were often either “fearful” or “patronising” toward candidates with disabilities – and enough was enough.

Ms Davidson’s comments come as the Federal Government is considering an overhaul of Australia’s $150 billion welfare system.

An independent review has found the system was “out of step” with labour market and community expectations.

It found the system was “failing to identify groups at risk of long-term income support dependence” and needed to refocus on early intervention and supporting individuals through difficult transitions.

A recommendation being considered by the government is moving people on disability support payments back into the workforce.

It’s a move Ms Davidson supports, but she cautioned the government against a “quick fix”.

“There needs to be incentives for work, not a push towards work,” she said.

She said the government needed to recognise there were often medical or social barriers to full-time work for people with disabilities, and successful employment needed to suit individuals.

The Christie Centre is one of a number of Mildura organisations assisting people with disabilities to move into the workforce.

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Your candidates from left: Philip Penfold (Independent), Jenny Aitchison (Labor), Steve Thomson (Liberal), John Brown (The Greens), Tina Esposito (No Land Tax, no picture supplied), Anna Balfour, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group).●Get to know the seats in the Hunter


In one sense, the race for Maitland will be an open contest in 2015 with the city guaranteed to get a new state MP on March 28.

Liberal Robyn Parker scored a huge win in 2011 when she ousted Labor’s Frank Terenzini. Ms Parker secured a swing of more than 20 per cent to the Liberals, leaving them with a comfortable 4.9 per cent margin. But Ms Parker won’t be contesting the 2015 poll, with Hunter Business Chamber director Steve Thomson ready to do the party’s bidding.

He will line up against Labor’s Jenny Aitchison and the Greens’ John Brown. The boundary redistributions in 2012 might also play a part in this year’s result – the adjustment will steal a bit away from the Liberals which might prove costly in a tight finish.

Oddly, the Newcastle rail issue will play a significant part in the Maitland election. Many of Maitland’s workers travel to the city by train for work, so the truncation of the heavy rail line at Wickham has not gone down entirely well in this part of the world.

Suburbs in electorate: Aberglasslyn, Allandale, Anambah, Ashtonfield, Berry Park, Bishops Bridge, Bolwarra, Bolwarra Heights, Chisholm, Cliftleigh, Duckenfield, East Maitland, Farley, Four Mile Creek, Gillieston Heights, Gosforth, Greta, Harpers Hill, Hillsborough, Horseshoe Bend, Lambs Valley, Largs, Lochinvar, Lorn, Louth Park, Luskintyre, Maitland, Maitland Vale, Melville, Metford, Millers Forest, Mindaribba, Morpeth, Mount Dee, Oakhampton, Oakhampton Heights, Oswald, Phoenix Park, Pitnacree, Raworth, Rosebrook, Rutherford, South Maitland, Telarah, Tenambit, Thornton, Tocal, Windella, Windermere, Woodberry, Woodville.

Currently held by: Robyn Parker, Liberal

Heritage Mall in Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Margin: 4.9% to Independent

Boundary redistribution: reduced Liberal margin by about 1.4% on 2011 result.

Voters: 53,160

Two-party preferred result 2011: Robyn Parker (Liberal) 22,057 beat Frank Terenzini (Labor) 17,135

Total population: 75,694

Median age: 36

Total workforce: 37,192

Weekly household income: $1329

People who travel to work by public transport: 845

People who travel to work by car as passenger or driver: 27,099

Couples without children: 7545

Couples with children: 9838

One parent families: 3447

Own house outright: 8347

Own house with mortgage: 10,857

Rent home: 6780

Median monthly mortgage repayment: $1733

Unemployment rate: TBC


1.Philip Penfold, Independent

2.Jenny Aitchison, Labor

3.Steve Thomson, Liberal

4. John Brown, The Greens

5.Tina Esposito, No Land Tax

6.Anna Balfour, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

* Information collected from 2011 Census, Newcastle Herald archive and Elections NSW.

STUNTED: Lawrence “Legend” Ryan with his new flying bikes, which will be used in the daredevil’s 25th anniversary tour.

IT’S been a while since the order was signed sealed and delivered, but they’ve finally arrived.

Two race-prepared Harley Davidson XR750’s have made the journey from America for Lawrence “Legend” Ryan’s 25thanniversary tour.

The tour will include six death-defying stunts and were planned to begin earlier this year, but delays in getting the bikes to Australia have held up the schedule.

“Good things are worth waiting for,” Mr Ryan said.

“People are telling me it’s a little longer I have on this earth,” he joked.

With the bikes finally in Australia and in Mr Ryan’s hands, work to make them ready to fly can finally begin.

“They have the same power to weight ratio as American NASCAR racers,” he said.

“The American tuning is not designed for Australia and they’ve been sitting in a shipping container for three months,I’ll need to go over them with a fine tooth comb,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said everything had to be considered –right down to the foot pegs are so they aren’t gouging landing ramps or causing crashes.

Despite being prepared by the same person the bikes are not exactly the same.

“One bike has a slightly shorter stroke and both are race engines so they have a higher compression and have to run on race fuel.”

Race engineers will normally rebuild an engine after competing and it meant the engines could be temperamental at times.

“(But) it’s the easiestlife they’ll have.”

With fresh paint in Mr Ryan’s colours now freshly applied, some testing will be needed to see how the bikes will perform on the ramp.

“When a normal motor-cross bike is jumped, if you accelerate it brings the back-end down in the air and on the ground,” Mr Ryan said.

However, because of the difference in weight and engine torque, the XR750s tend to pull to the side –either the left or right.

“The balance of wheels to torque of engine is completly different,” Mr Ryan said.

Once the bikes themselves are sorted, it will come down to preparing ramps to make the most of the bikes’ power and ensure Mr Ryan will be able to jump obstacles.

“If all goes to plan, it will be Aprilbut it could be May if there’s more work to be done on the bikes than expected.”

“I’m getting pitches from around the country to jump boats, buildings and buses.”

Despite the offers Mr Ryan said he wasn’t interested in rushing out and risking everything.

“I want to make sure it’s done right, from how the bikes ride down to the fuel they use,” Mr Ryan said.

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