Meet the $2 billion broadband woman: Fast internet heading to the bush as NBN Co announces satellite ground stations complete

Satellite architect Julia Dickinson, head of NBN Co, says the launch of its broadband satellites will be “nerve-wracking”. Photo: Wayne Taylor Satellite architect Julia Dickinson, head of NBN Co, says the launch of its broadband satellites will be “nerve-wracking”. Photo: Wayne Taylor
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An artist’s impression of an NBN Co satellite. The first of two will launch from French Guiana later this year. Photo: NBN Co

Satellite dishes in Wolumla, NSW one of 10 ground stations. Photo: Picasa

Satellite architect Julia Dickinson, head of NBN Co, says the launch of its broadband satellites will be “nerve-wracking”. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Satellite architect Julia Dickinson, head of NBN Co, says the launch of its broadband satellites will be “nerve-wracking”. Photo: Wayne Taylor

The head of Australia’s National Broadband Network  satellite project says it will launch at least one of its highly anticipated broadband satellites later this year now that the construction of  its 10 satellite ground stations is complete.

The ground stations, which host 24 satellite dishes peppered across the country, will send and receive signals from two broadband satellites, providing faster internet to thousands of rural and remote homes and businesses.

Despite the original June launch being delayed by several months, the government-owned corporation says its 15-year satellite service would be in operation by its mid-2016 deadline.

Julia Dickinson, the satellite architect who has spent the past four years overseeing the planning, construction, testing and retesting of the two satellites, said the most risky part of the $2 billion project would be their launch on Ariane 5 rockets from French Guiana.

“The launch will be the most nerve-wracking time. We’ll all be watching, crossing our fingers,” Ms Dickinson said.

Ariane 5 rockets, made by Arianespace, take two satellites, or “payloads” into space at a time. But because NBN Co’s satellites will travel on separate rockets, the second several months after the first, a delay by the first satellite’s co-passenger on the rocket has pushed back its take-off date.

The NBN Co satellites are undergoing testing in California to prepare for the extreme conditions they will experience during launch and while in space.

“We put them in a large vacuum chamber that’s cycled hot to cold over a month to simulate the vacuum of space and the temperatures it will see,” Ms Dickinson said.

“It goes onto a vibration table and gets shaken to simulate the rocket launch. That’s the worst environment it sees.”

Finally, they are placed in an acoustic chamber where engineers blare 150 decibels of rocket launch noises to simulate the sound of lift-off. Sound waves can affect the satellite’s parts.

To provide broadband coverage for remote customers across mainland Australia, Tasmania and five offshore islands, the satellites will be in geostationary orbits, meaning they will sit above the equator and follow the direction of the Earth’s rotation, travelling up to 28,000 kilometres an hour.

“The thing about our satellites is that they’re two of a handful of satellites that are purpose built to deliver broadband,” Ms Dickinson said.

They will provide up to 25 megabits per second download speeds to about 400,000 customers, including the 45,000 customers currently using an interim service provided by an Optus satellite, which reached capacity at the end of 2013.

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Man stabbed in random attack on St Kilda jetty

A man sitting on a St Kilda jetty was stabbed by a stranger on Saturday night, police say.
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The 24-year-old victim was sitting with a friend on Brooks Jetty, near the intersection of Marine Parade and Shakespeare Grove, when a man and woman walked passed about 11.35pm.

“The pair appeared to be having an argument and the man confronted the victim for no known reason and stabbed him,” a police spokesman said.

The attacker stabbed the victim, of St Kilda, in the back, neck and shoulders, before running off, the spokesman said.

The victim collapsed at the end of the jetty and was taken to The Alfred hospital with serious injuries.

The attacker was described as Caucasian, about 170 centimetres tall, skinny with a gaunt face, straight blond hair and speaking with an English accent.  He was wearing a dark, tight-fitting polo top.

His female partner was described as having an olive complexion and short hair with orange and blonde colouring. She was wearing a dark, short-sleeve crop top with a red logo on the front, high-cut denim jeans and white, thick, platform sandals.

Police have asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic南京夜网.au.

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Melbourne hot list: six tips for keeping your cool

We know, we know – drink plenty of water, stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, wear natural fabrics. But it’s still hot enough to fry an egg on your stomach. Here are a few tips to beat the heat that you might not have tried:
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– Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge and give yourself a squirt whenever necessary for a refreshing cool-down. Add cucumber or lavender and mint for self-righteous DIY goodness. Medicinenet also recommends keeping facial toners and lotions cold for a cooling boost.

– Freeze your sheets. Yes, you might have to eat all the icy poles to fit them in the freezer, but it might give you enough relief to drift off into a fitful, heat-bothered sleep. Greatist also recommends some reverse hot-water bottle action. Grab said bottle, fill with water and freeze to produce an all-night ice pack. Genius!

– Keep wet. You’ll be surprised how effective simply dipping your feet in a bowl of water can be. Keep it next to your bed for occasional dips during the night. Add ice cubes for extra satisfaction.

– Frozen paint cubes will keep the kids occupied (and cool). There are many recipes on the internet, all of varying potential for permanent stains, but the general gist is take paint or food colouring, add water and an icy pole stick, then freeze. If the prospect of rainbow walls doesn’t please you, give the kids a bucket of water and a paint brush and find some cement in the shade. Classic.

– Eat small meals, often. Drink herbal teas (caffeine in normal tea and coffee is dehydrating) and stay off the booze. According to NPR, the hot tea theory works in a similar way to the spicy food theory. That is, if your brain thinks it’s overheating (via hot water or chilli), it will start sweating, thus activating your body’s natural cooling system.

– Stuck in the city, stricken by heat? City of Melbourne has done the thinking for you with a city-wide map of cool places. Walk slowly to your nearest air-conditioned shelter. Use the Melbourne CBD drinking fountain map if you need  rehydrating on the way.

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Convicted ex-Christian Brother abuser Ted Dowlan faces ‘significant’ jail time

A former Christian Brother who was part of a notorious paedophile ring involving the clergy should be returned to jail for a “significant” period of time, a court has heard.
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Ted Dowlan found himself in a Melbourne courtroom this month, nearly 20 years since his first appearance in a dock, after more of his victims came forward during the state’s parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse last year.

Dowlan, who changed his name by deed poll to Bales in 2011, has pleaded guilty to 33 counts of indecently assaulting boys under the age of 16 and one count of gross indecency between 1971 and 1986 involving 20 victims.

Crown prosecutor Brett Sonnet told the County Court on Monday that Dowlan’s offending had involved him gratifying his own lust at the expense of his students’ welfare and he deserved a “significant” jail sentence.

Dowlan, 65, was teaching at Ballarat’s St Alpius primary school in 1971 with other convicted paedophile brothers including Robert Best, Stephen Farrell and Gerald Fitzgerald. Gerald Ridsdale, who is regarded as one of Australia’s worst paedophile priests, was the school’s chaplain.

Dowlan admitted abusing boys at St Alpius in 1971; St Thomas More College in Forest Hills (1972); St Patrick’s College in Ballarat (1973-74); Warrnambool Christian Brothers College (1975-76); Chanel College, Geelong (1980); and Cathedral College, East Melbourne (1982-1988).

Mr Sonnet said the Christian Brothers were aware of what Dowlan was doing and failed to act to stop him, instead moving him from school to school, which only “aggravated the problem”.

Dowlan was eventually sentenced in 1996 to six and a half years jail for abusing 11 boys between 1971 and 1982.

He was not thrown out of the Christian Brothers order until 2008.

Dowlan was arrested last year by the police Sano taskforce, set up to investigate claims arising from the parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse, after more victims came forward.

Defence lawyer David Hallowes told the pre-sentence hearing on Monday that Dowlan, who will be placed on the sex offenders register for life, was no longer a Christian Brother or teacher and the risk of his re-offending was “so remote in essence to be non-existent”.

Mr Hallowes said Dowlan was on a disability support pension, suffered from a general anxiety disorder and had not committed any further crimes since 1986.

Judge Richard Smith will sentence Dowlan in March.

Dowlan’s colleague, Ridsdale, who admitted abusing at least 53 children between 1961 to 1982, was jailed for an extra eight years in 2014 after more of his victims came forward.

Ridsdale, who has been in prison since 1994 and is in poor health, had been due for release on June 29, 2019 but will now not be released, unless granted parole, until 2022 and is expected to die in prison.

Ridsdale’s victims were as young as four years old and many were altar boys.

Best was jailed for a minimum 11 years and three months in 2011 for molesting young boys during a 20-year period at three Victorian schools.

The offences related to 11 boys he taught at St Alpius Primary School, St Leo’s College in Box Hill and St Joseph’s College in Geelong between 1969 and 1988.

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Record school roll call

All smiles: Twins Toby and Ashton Fraser arrive for their first day of kindergarten.LUNCH boxes and school bags are not the only things that are full at this time of the year. It seems schools across the Hastings have recorded bumper kindergarten intakes.
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Hastings Public School principal Grant Heaton has been at the helm for 13 years and says the numbers in 2015 are the highest he has seen during his stint at the school.

“We’ve got our biggest kindergarten intake since I have been here,” he said.

“We are looking at just over 100 kindergarten students. We have grown from 24 to 26 classes this year and expect we will have around 660 kids.”

Mr Heaton puts the growth down to a generation change with a lot of new families relocating to the area.

“Many people have come into the area, plus we have the baby bonus coming into play,” he said.

“We would also like to think that people are very satisfied with the work we do here at Hastings.”

Across town and St Peters Primary also added a class in 2015.

Principal Tony Watts said numbers were fairly solid and they found moderate growth this year.

“We will add an extra class each year until we hit about 600 students,” he said.

“This year was Year Threes turn, so we now have three classes in kindergarten, years one, two and three and two classes in grades four, five and six.”

Proud as punch: Danika Murray starts kindergarten with parents Greg and Amanda paying a visit to the classroom.

Heading south-west and the small rural school of Comboyne Public also reported an increase.

Relieving principal Richard Thomas said the school took an enrolment of 33 students in 2015, which is up five from last year.

“People have been moving to the area so I think that is the main reason for the increase,” he said.

“A lot of families with kids are looking at alternate options for nice communities to come and move to and that’s what we have had, people from interstate moving to Comobyne to become apart of the rural community.”

Closer to home, Wauchope Public School has added an extra kindergarten class to accommodate extra students.

“We are going to have five kindergarten classes where as last year we had four,” principal Cameron Osborne said.

“In saying that, we noticed a big increase during the year when we went up two classes in 2014 mid-terms.

“We will have around 685 children and we’re very pleased with that number.

“I think that we have an excellent reputation here at Wauchope Public and we will continue to grow over the next few years.”

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Weekend Sportphotos

Were you spotted out on the sporting field at the weekend? Photos here by Phil Hensel.
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Weekend Sport | photos Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

Sports players putting in efforts for their team during the games at the weekend.

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Bowls

Wingham Bowling ClubStart of the Major Singles Championships results as follows:
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J Black forfeited to H Snelson not back from holidays that day.

The battle of father vs son saw M Hammond defeat D Hammond 32-29.

Looks like the changing of the guard there.

T Lowman defeated H Payton 32-23, T Proctor defeated R Trenchard AKA (Snow) 31-21, M Clarke defeated M Hollebone 32-19, P Swan defeated P Kriss 32-24, C Hinton defeated R Dawson 31-17 and for the upset of the round D O’Donnell defeated C Watson 31-28.

Scores locked at 28 all on the 36th end well played both bowlers.

T Moore defeated S Matherson 31-14, Tom unable to keep the good form up went down to R Allen 32-28 in the next round.

Saturday pennant trial saw Manning Point defeat Wingham 60-42 2 rinks to one.

The in house for grade-4 saw G Walker, C Hinton, R Piggott and M Hollebone defeat G Dennes, G Ireland, P Swan and R Allen 29-13.

The other game saw D Hammond, H Payton, B Wolters and R Trenchard defeat J Black, B Williams, T Baker and D O donnell 19-10.

Also a pairs game between G Gilford and R Thomas take on B Smith and T Richardson winners were B Smith , T Richardson 24-7 barry said tim was well on target with every shot he played.

No results for Friday night bowls or Dads Army no cards

See you on the green

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Police briefs: Car collides with shopfront

A car crashed into a Kendal Street shopfront over the weekend. Photo Facebook.A 30-year-old man has been charged with low-range drink driving after being random breath-tested.
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Police will allege the man was stopped for the purpose of a random breath test on Sunday, February 8, which returned a positive reading.

The man was arrested and conveyed to Cowra Police Station where a breath analysis was performed.

He returned a reading of 0.072.

He was issued with a Court Attendance Notice and will appear before Cowra Local Court in the coming weeks.

Police are investigating malicious damage which occurred to a house in Logan Street Cowra about 9.35 pm on Saturday, February 7.

The victim reported damage to the metal security screen door and wooden front door.

Police made extensive patrols to the area however were unable to locate any persons of interest.

Witnesses say no one was hurt after a car collided with a shop front on Kendal Street on Saturday, February 7.

Police said the driver was attempting a U-turn at 4pm when it collided with LJ Hooker.

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Online fashion retailer is making its mark

FASHIONABLE: Simone Robins and Paige Davies run Frankie and Co. Clothing. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHYA BENDIGO online clothingboutique which started as aFacebook groupless than a year ago is fast growing into a mecca for shoppers.
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Frankie and Co. Clothing, founded by Paige Davies in March 2014,stocks women’sclothing from more than 20 labels.

Women’s sizingranges from six to18. The business also includes Frankie Girl.

Ms Daviessaid she hadalways had aninterest in fashion and -after giving birth to her second child,decided to give the retail industry a crack.

She created a private Facebook page and invited family and friends to view her stock – consisting of several pairs of jeans and cardigans.

Within a short space of time – about half an hour -Ms Davies had sold out of everything and hadorders.

“It’s amazing. I didn’t think for a second it would get to where it is now in 10 months time,” she said.

Ms Davies saidher business offered customers one-on-one service- a feature onlinestores lacked.

“Customers can ask me questions about the products.There is a chanceto communicate between client and customer,” she said.

The business stocks clothing from labels IDS, Sass, Madison Square, Little Liesand more.

Ms Davies said she gets new stock weekly and her target audience isthe “everyday, girl-next-door”.

She said the business would start stocking jewellery in the next few weeks and footwear in time for winter.

“My goals moving forward are to grow Frankie and make itmore established,” she said.

Ms Davies also hosts clothing parties, which involves showing stock tocustomersin people’s homes.The clothing parties attract up to four bookings every week – keeping Ms Davies very busy.

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Constance drops into Narooma for patient funding announcement

HELIPAD SPOT: Marine Rescue Narooma commander John Young and volunteers Ronga Young and Stan Swarbrick with State Member Andrew Constance at the site of the proposed helipad on the Narooma headland.MEMBER for Bega Andrew Constance announced a commitment to enhance the Isolated Patient Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) for the region’s patients if re-elected on March 28.
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Mr Constance also announced a $5000 grant for a helipad at theheadquarters of the Narooma unit of Marine Rescue NSW.

Helicopters already land on the headland but Marine Rescue is keen to have a dedicated landing pad built for emergency services.

Constance announces $5000 for Narooma helipad

In regards to patient assistance,Mr Constance saidenhancements to the IPTAAS scheme would include:

• An increase in the petrol subsidy from 19 cents to 22 cents per kilometre – a 15 per cent increase;

• An increase in the commercial accommodation subsidy for eight to 14 night stays ? From $43 to $80 – an 86 per cent boost (single room) per night ? From $60 to $105 – a 75 per cent jump (double room) per night;

• An increase in the commercial accommodation subsidy for 15 night-plus stays ? From $43 to $105 – a 144 per cent boost (single room) per night, ? From $60 to $120 – a 100 per cent jump (double room) per night; • A reduction in the patient co-payment from $40 to $30 – a 25 per cent decrease; • Claims for prosthetic services will be eligible;

• Claims for some specialist allied health services will be eligible. A re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will also:

• Simplify IPTAAS forms and make online claims easier;

• Reduce the time taken to process claims and reimburse patients;

• Establish a dedicated 1800-number to streamline patient and carer enquiries;

• Make small claims under $100 easier to lodge.

Mr Constance said 5269 IPTAAS claims were lodged in the southern region last year.

“The importance of IPTAAS to our community cannot be underestimated and these enhancements will have countless benefits for patients and their loved ones,” Mr Constance said.

“This is about delivering a better service for country communities and ensuring the scheme is in line with what our community needs and deserves.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are putting patients first by boosting subsidies and cutting red tape to deliver an enhanced service for patients in their time of need.

“I have received many letters from the community about the IPTAAS service and improvements that can be made. I’m pleased to say we have listened and we are acting.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals have a proven record of improving the IPTAAS service and we will continue to do so for the benefit of patients and their carers.”

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