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Brisbane’s Steve Parry celebrates with teammates after dismissing Travis Birt, who walks from the ground in last night’s clash at the Gabba. Picture: GETTY IMAGESA destructive half-century by Chris Lynn helped lay the foundation for the Brisbane Heat to record a comfortable 18-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes in last night’s Big Bash League T20 clash at the Gabba.
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Lynn belted 81 from only 35 balls to lift the Heat to a total of 6-198 with Peter Forrest chipping in with 46 from 48 balls after the Heat lost the toss.

The right-hander reached his 50 from only 18 balls to equal the BBL record set by Adelaide Striker Tim Ludeman earlier this season.

Despite chasing down 208 runs when they last met the Heat at Bellerive Oval earlier in the season, the Hurricanes never looked like troubling the home side as they limped to 8-180 from their 20 overs.

After a disappointing campaign, the Heat managed to provide the crowd of 16,376 some joy, recording only their second win of the season and knocking the Hurricanes out of finals contention in the process.

Mark Steketee and Dan Christian took two wickets each for the Heat with skipper James Hopes, Ben Cutting and English recruit Stephen Parry snaring one wicket each.

Needing to score 199 in order to keep their season alive, the Hurricanes lost opening batsmen Tim Paine and Ben Dunk to be sitting on 2-22 after four overs.

Christian then removed Even Gulbis for three and Michael Hill for 26 before spinner Parry snared his first BBL wicket, sending Travis Birt on his way for 16 after a sharp stumping by Jimmy Peirson.

That left the visitors struggling at 5-63 in the eighth over and they never fully recovered.

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Cricket: Renewed focus pays dividends for Pointies captain

Making runs: Golden Point captain Joshua White has been in strong form with his batting this season. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORDTHERE’S never really been any doubt that Josh White has the ability, but his output with the bat in recent seasons had been only modest.
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But a larger focus on his own game – at the direction of his club – has made season 2014-15, so far, one to remember.

The Pointies captain has already accumulated more runs than he did throughout the entire previous campaign, with his tally of 300 seeing him sitting fourth on the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts batting charts.

His runs have come at an average of 60 and included a century and two half-centuries.

White’s ton against North Ballarat in round three – where he made 111 not out – was his first since an unbeaten 100 against Coronet City in early 2012.

It followed an early knock of 49 in round one against Darley and came before innings of 66 against Mount Clear and 56 not out against East Ballarat.

A few handy contributions in the team’s premiership-winning Twenty20 team this season have been icing on the cake.

White admits being asked to simply focus on his own game and captaincy, and not other outside distractions such as committee-type roles, has helped his output in the middle.

“I’m just a lot more relaxed, to be honest,” he said.

White felt he had contributed in past seasons, but said he had not been going on with starts and that it took time to know his own game and how that goes together with skippering a team.

A successful side to this point in the season also helps, he said.

“I’m going okay, but I wouldn’t say spectacular or anything,” White said.

“I have never felt like I couldn’t do it, I suppose, but I wasn’t putting a consistent season together.

“In previous years, we have been very inexperienced, so we have just got a few good team guys now like Peter Appleton and a couple of young guys like Andy Warrick, my brother Dan, and Simon Ogilvie at the right age now, and it’s sort of coming together, hopefully. Fingers crossed.”

Golden Point is chasing its first club firsts finals berth since the premiership season of 2001-02 and sits second on the ladder moving into round eight.

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In-form jockey out to continue run in Ballarat on Sunday

PATRICK Moloney is having a hot week in the saddle. The apprentice jockey has had two doubles.
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He began the run at Werribee on Sunday and repeated the dose at Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday.

He will be keen to keep the momentum going in Ballarat on Sunday.

Moloney has two mounts – both for his father, Flemington trainer John Moloney, who has enjoyed an excellent run of success over the past month.

Moloney junior willtake the reins on Flamsteed in the Hygain Benchmark64 Handicap, 120 metres, and Fairy House in the Sportsbet Benchmark64 Handicap, 1600 metres, for fillies and mares.

Each was a winner at their latest two outings.

Racing Victoria has programmed seven races for the Ballarat Turf Club family fun day, with the first at 1pm.

IMPORTED stayer Renew will gallop between races at Sportsbet-Ballarat on Sunday.

Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander has the Adelaide Cup in his sights with Renew, which joined his stable in the spring.

Renew has not raced since winning the Sandown Cup on November 15.

TOOLEYBUC Kid can earn a trip south for the group 3 Hobart Cup, 2400 metres, on February 9 with a win in Saturday’s $80,000 Piping Lane Handicap, 2000 metres, at Flemington.

Trainer Darren Weir said the two-time Caulfield 2000-metre winner last year would probably need to win in his next two runs to book a trip to Hobart.

“He’s coming along well, but he’ll take benefit again from the run over 2000 metres,” he said.

MICHAEL Stanley will be looking for a change of luck with his top-flight mare Blucolla Tigerpie in Sunday’s $25,000 Hamilton Pacing Cup.

Blucolla Tigerpie over raced and then choked in the Horsham Pacing Cup, forcing Stanley to retire her from the event.

The seven-year-old has not won since March, 2013, but is racing well enough to suggest shecan break back into winning form at Hamilton.

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Exciting day of fun, fashion and racing

SCOTTSDALE’S key social event for 2015 will be launched with a colourful display of frocks and fillies.
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The Scottsdale Cup was in dire straits about a decade ago, according to North Eastern Pacing Club president Kent Rattray.

Mr Rattray said dwindling attendances and costly overheads were seeing the club make a loss with the race event — originally held on a Saturday night.

The Scottsdale Cup now draws about 2000 people each year to the North-East track and is one of the biggest regional race meets for the state.

‘‘We turned it around,’’ he said.

‘‘We made it Friday night, put a band on and did the fashion parade, I think it’s the best thing we’ve done.’’

He said an $800 Flight Centre travel voucher was up for grabs as the main prize for the fashion parade and they would have Launceston band Wildfire performing after the last race.

‘‘We’re probably the premier night of the year at Scottsdale now,’’ Mr Rattray said.

‘‘A lot of people come and catch up with old school buddies it’s the night everyone comes up.’’

He said races will be broadcast on Sky 2 and the Cup will be shown on Sky 1.

Children’s pony trots will also be held between races one and three.

The first race will be held at 5.08pm, the last race will run at 7.55pm.

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Scottsdale Cup.

WHERE: Scottsdale Racecourse.

WHEN: from 4.30pm today.

Scottsdale’s Rebecca Irwin, 15, and Karalta Dazzler are both prepared for the Scottsdale Cup. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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Former MKR cooks to show off pate

Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Bianca Johnston and Thalia Papadakis.SELL-OUT success in Hobart gives My Kitchen Rules darlings Thalia Papadakis and Bianca Johnston confidence their signature pate will win over Launceston hearts.
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The Southern best friends will sell their T&B Chicken Liver Pate at Harvest Market in Launceston on Saturday.

The pate won the judges’ hearts on My Kitchen Rules last year and has proven equally successful at various farmers’ markets in Hobart.

“We had a huge amount of orders around Christmas,” Miss Papadakis said yesterday.

“It’s a really rustic-tasting pate – it’s preservative-free and we only use Tasmanian produce.”

Creating and selling the product – along with salmon pate, labna and olive oil crackers – has become something of a full-time job for Miss Johnston and Miss Papadakis.

The duo still have plenty of time for cooking, though, and will attend Festivale in Launceston next month for a cooking demonstration and judging sessions.

“We’re really excited to come to Launceston, we’re so glad it’s finally happening,” Miss Papadakis said.

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Tasmania in recovery, but not safe

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Michael Bailey.THE state’s peak industry group says Tasmania is on the path to economic recovery, but it can’t take its eye off the ball.
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Latest figures show the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in December, with 500 more Tasmanians in full-time work.

Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force data released yesterday recorded an unemployment level of 6.8 per cent in trend terms, down from 6.9.

The state is slowly catching up with the national rate of 6.1 per cent.

There were 17,900 Tasmanians classed as unemployed over December, which was 300 fewer than in November.

The participation rate grew 0.1 per cent between November and December, and was up 1.9 per cent since December 2013.

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Michael Bailey said the numbers were “really encouraging”.

“They certainly show and reflect that the economy in Tasmania is well on the way back,” Mr Bailey said.

“There’s still work to be done and we need to remind all levels of government that the focus has to be on enabling business to grow and to employ people further,” he said.

Mr Bailey said he was concerned about the number of people leaving the state.

More people are leaving Tasmania than arriving, but the rate of loss is down.

“We’re going to need to really look at that to increase our economy further,” he said.

“We know the economy and access to jobs is the number one important thing to maintain growing a population,” he said.

“It’s an exciting time in Tasmania, but we can’t take the eye off the ball,” he said.

Launceston Chamber of Commerce executive officer Maree Tetlow also welcomed the figures, and said she’d like to see a more positive 2015.

“Hopefully 2015 is a more robust year for business overall and employment in particular,” she said.

Tasmanian Council of Social Service chief executive Tony Reidy said he hoped the trend continued to be positive.

“This is the prime time to be providing support and training to long-term unemployed people to develop skills in those areas of the economy that are emerging.”

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Emotional moment as Currant dream is realisedPhotos

Environment Minister Matthew Groom, co-manager Renee Anderson, developer Simon Currant, and Premier Will Hodgman. Picture: Daniel McCulloch Pumphouse Point from the air. Picture: Daniel McCulloch
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PUMPHOUSE Point developer Simon Currant choked back tears yesterday as he officially opened the doors of the remote wilderness retreat.

Mr Currant stopped to take stock on the banks of Lake St Clair, reflecting on a dream that has taken him, his family and his team of staff more than 18 years to bring to fruition.

“It was a very bumpy road … there’s been all sorts of things that have caused problems for us,” he said.

“It’s been a long time coming and it’s a really momentous day.”

Mr Currant reflected on first exploring the site 20 years ago, carrying his infant daughter on his back.

Now an adult, Miss Currant stood proudly by her father’s side for yesterday’s official opening.

Mr Currant acknowledged unwavering support received from successive state governments, the Parks and Wildlife Service and Tourism Tasmania, in the face of some sustained, vocal opposition to his development plans.

Emotional moment as Currant dream is realised | Photos A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

A tour through Pumphouse Point, with developer Simon Currant, in December 2014. Picture: Scott Gelston

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Plan to rezone wilderness area

LABOR has thrown its support behind a push to allow tourism ventures in untouched parts of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area, but warned the state government to tread carefully.
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But the Greens and conservation groups say the plan abandons the concept of wilderness and could damage the state’s reputation.

The government plans to rezone the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, reclassifying wilderness areas as remote recreational zones.

The shift would allow development of low-scale tourism ventures including huts and basic accommodation.

The plan paves the way for greater air and water access, while also allowing for select specialty species timber logging.

Environment Minister Matthew Groom is confident the blueprint strikes the right balance.

“It’s about genuinely respecting our cultural and natural values in these areas of extraordinary beauty,” Mr Groom said.

“But it’s doing so in a way which allows us to experience those areas, celebrate their extraordinary values, and share them with the world.”

Mr Groom played down reference to logging in the draft plan, saying harvesting of some speciality species timber inside the area was already permitted under legislation.

“Under existing law there’s a small number of regional conservation reserves where under very limited circumstances there’s a capacity to access specialist timber, but there’s no change under this new plan,” he said.

Labor environment spokesman Craig Farrell said the party supported boosting visitor numbers and experiences inside the area.

“Greater access and sensible, appropriate tourism projects have Labor’s backing,” Mr Farrell said.

“The pressure is now on the Liberal Government to get this right.”

But Greens parks spokesman Nick McKim claimed the draft plan was the biggest threat to Tasmanian wilderness values for a generation.

“Tragically the Liberals see our world class wilderness as something to be profited from rather than protected for all of humanity,” Mr McKim said.

“They want to sell off Tasmania’s great natural treasure for nothing more than trinkets.”

Tasmanian Conservation Trust director Peter McGlone was among members of five environment groups speaking out against the proposed changes yesterday, questioning the economic benefits.

“There are record numbers of tourists coming to Tasmania and a massive increase in numbers visiting national parks … so there seems to be no good economic reason for making it easier to build new attractions,” Mr McGlone said.

The groups have promised to fight the changes, which have the support of the tourism industry.

Public consultation for the plan begins on Monday and will run until March 22.

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Ben Lomond study move

A PROPOSED $20,000 feasibility study into expanding activities on Ben Lomond will be tabled for funding by Northern Midlands Council on Monday.
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The proposition, which would explore the establishment of year-round activity on the mountain, was unsuccessful when forwarded for discussion with the council last year.

Northern Midlands Mayor David Downie said the motion was brought back by deputy mayor Richard Goss after further information about the report was gathered.

The Department of State Growth has pledged $5000, $2500 from the Ben Lomond Committee and Regional Development Australia Tasmania, and $2000 had been promised from Launceston City Council and Northern Tasmania Development.

A further $1000 from two community members had also been offered as contribution to the report.

If approved, Northern Midlands Council will contribute $4000 to the project.

‘‘If it’s approved you’d hope that the feasibility study would be acted on and that the Ben Lomond area would be able to be progressed or developed for recreation,’’ Cr Downie said.

‘‘If this feasibility study goes ahead it would be trying to stimulate interest in the area.’’

Northern Tasmania Development executive officer Derek le Marchant said the area was highly accessible and held great potential for further activity.

‘‘It’s highly accessible and a well-recognised national park that’s close to the airport and town,’’ Mr le Marchant said.

‘‘When we saw a range of private and community interests also looking to do some study that, for us, was a really good sign, it means there’s commitment from all sections of the user groups.’’

The council will discuss the proposition during its Longford general meeting at 5pm on Monday.

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Beer, comedy the perfect mix

Comedian Justin Hamilton, who will perform at the Esk Beerfest Fresh Comedy show.STAND-up comedian Justin Hamilton doesn’t drink beer.
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But that’s not going to make his performance at the Esk Beerfest Fresh Comedy show tomorrow awkward at all, considering that beverage is something that will be on everyone’s mind.

“I don’t really know anything about Beerfest, and I don’t drink beer, so I’m hoping it’s not a case of me not being given accreditation,” the Melbourne-based funny-man said.

“I don’t drink much any more, as now that I’m 42, if I have one glass of white wine, I wake up and I am blind in my left eye and have a taste in my mouth like I have been gargling batteries, so I’ve cut right back.

“But, I am more than happy to be around people that do drink.”

The “story-telling” comedian admitted the audience that the Esk Beerfest will attract in comparison to a more intimate setting would mean a different type of show.

“You still do what you want to do, but you do keep things shorter and punchier.

“In a theatre everyone is invested in whatever you are doing, in a club setting you mix and match longer and shorter form of stuff, but with Beerfest it will be short and sharp.”

Hamilton, who is a regular visitor to Launceston, promised he would have plenty of new material for Saturday.

The Fresh Comedy at Beerfest performance will take place between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Rhys Nicholson, who Hamilton described as “one of the new breed of of comedians coming through”, will also feature, and it will be hosted by Stewart Bell.

It will be part of an entertainment package at The Esk Beerfest that will also feature the music of Pete Cornelius & The Devilles, Reuben Koops and The Embers from 2pm tomorrow, and Discovery, the Australian Daft Punk tribute show from 6pm.

Tonight will see the likes of Luke Parry, Agent 99 and Lorenzo Von Matterhorn in action during the evening.

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