Coasters to eat for just $2 a day

RAISING AWARENESS : The Oaktree Foundation general manager of overseas projects Jess Jacobson holds an example of the restricted diet she’ll be on while she takes part in the Live Below The Line campaign.IMAGINE the trauma you would feel if you had to choose between feeding your family or getting medical help for your sick child.
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These impossible choices have to be made by those who live below the poverty line.

The Oaktree Foundation’s campaign Live Below The Line aims to combat extreme poverty in the Asia-Pacific region through generating awareness and raising funds.

“The campaign is into its third year and I have been inspired by what people can achieve when they put their hands up and step out of their comfort zones,” said Oaktree Foundation general manager of overseas projects Jess Jacobson.

In Live Below The Line, participants live off just $2 a day for five days and raise funds through their sponsorship.

Ms Jacobson has participated in all three campaigns and said the experience was one she will never forget.

“It is eye-opening, you are not going without but your choices are cut off,” she said.

“These people live entirely on this amount every day. It is not just for food, it is for everything.”

Ms Jacobson encouraged people taking part to fully engage with the issue.

“Realise where you fit in to the equation and how you can be the solution,” she said.

While the campaign is confronting, it can be a lot of fun too, especially if you take part with a group of people.

“Get a group of people together and you can cook together and fundraise together and have each other for support, it is fun” she said.

Live Below The Line will run from May 7-11. For further information visit the Oaktree Foundation’s website.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Council opts for status quo

DOG DETECTIVE: Simon Crombie on the West Beach boardwalk which is the scene, he alleges, for indiscretions by dog owners. Picture: Tony Cross.A CASE of dogs and their owners behaving badly in Burnie has not gone unnoticed, despite the Burnie City Council voting to let sleeping dogs lie.
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What started out as a simple exercise by Cooee man Simon Crombie turned up 36 breaches of the Dog Control Act and the council’s Dog Management Policy.

Mr Crombie recorded the breaches over one week and presented them to the council last Tuesday night.

One of those breaches were detected within 30 metres of a designated dog exercise area.

In a letter to the council accompanying the submission, Mr Crombie called for the council to act by increasing the funding for animal control seven days a week and noted that the revenue that could have been raised from the breaches he detected would have totalled $6760.

The councillors voted to keep the status quo, agreeing they were satisfied current commitments to municipal dog control provided a reasonable level of comfort, convenience and safety for the community with respect to the purpose and objectives of the Dog Control Act 2000.

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons and aldermen Malcolm Ryan and Jim Altimira thanked Mr Crombie for his considerable effort and time to prepare the submission.

Following the decision, Mr Crombie said he felt patronised by the aldermen’s comments and decision to do nothing.

Mr Crombie said he was trying to show people were not using the current dog exercise areas following a discussion at a previous council meeting about creating fenced dog exercise areas with CCTV, Astro Turf and electronic swipe card access.

Mr Crombie said he couldn’t see the point in creating designer dog exercise pens when dog owners were not using the facilities currently provided and not enough was being done to enforce the current dog laws.

The Burnie City Council’s land and environmental services officer, Patrick Earle, said animal control was about providing a reasonable, balanced and practical approach.

“It’s unnecessary to reach for a big stick – people don’t respond to that.”

Mr Earle said, in most cases, it was enough for a council officer to politely ask people to put their dog on a lead or move out of a restricted area.

“People aren’t constantly coming to us saying I feel uncomfortable or I’ve been hurt,” Mr Earle said.

“When they do, we respond.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Digger joins in Wynyard tribute

SHARING HIS PAST: John Bates at the Wynyard Anzac Day service. Picture: Grant Wells.HUNDREDS rallied at the Somerset and Wynyard Anzac Day services to keep the memory alive of those who fought in past and present wars.
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At 90 years “young”, John Bates was one of many returned servicemen to attend the Wynyard service.

An increased number of young people attending the service brought a smile to the former teacher’s face.

“I became a teacher after the war so it’s brilliant to see all these young people here who really take part in the service,” he said.

From 1940-46 he served in the RAF regiment mainly on the India/Burma border for almost three years.

He started in the humblest position as AC2 and moved his way through the ranks to squadron leader.

When asked what Anzac Day meant to him, he said it was difficult to put it into words.

Mr Bates was involved in the ninth most important battle during World War 2, Kohima, defending the aerodrome at Dimapur.

“A lot of the memories are still very sharp,” he said.

Today, Mr Bates counts himself lucky to be alive with the unkind conditions of war leaving him with malaria four times, dengue fever once and dysentery four times.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Last year’s brave showing proof nothing is impossible

IF DEVONPORT’S players are seeking motivation for todays’s match against the undefeated Clarence, coach Glen Lutwyche suggests they look at the first half from the last time the two teams met.
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Late last season, the Magpies got the jump on the Roos, leading by eight goals at quarter time and maintaining their advantage until the main break.

While weary legs gave out in the second half, Lutwyche said it proved no contest was unwinnable.

“You always give yourself a chance,” Lutwyche said.

“We’ve made some structural changes to counter their talls and our aim is to improve.”

The winless Magpies will welcome back Kurt Heazlewood for the trip south, while youngsters Jordan Smith and Claye Symmons will make their debuts.

“Both players have good leg speed and we think their run and dash will be suited to the bigger ground,” Lutwyche said.

After a promising opening half, Devonport faded against North Launceston last weekend and eventually went down by 62 points.

Lutwyche said it was back to basics for his team on the training track this week.

“We’ve looked how we can run front and square,” he said.

“We’ve also looked at getting some quicker ball movement and improving our run and carry.”

In the weekend’s other games, South Launceston would fancy its chances to get its second win for the season against cellar dweller Hobart.

The competition’s big improver Lauderdale should bounce back from last week’s 60-point loss to Burnie with a win over the young North Hobart outfit.

Glenorchy and North Launceston should fight out a close game at KGV.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Grand final defeat is history, says Plant

BURNIE coach Brent Plant and his players haven’t dwelled on last year’s TSL grand final.
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And they are not about to start.

The 44-point loss to Launceston won’t be mentioned in Plant’s pre-game address when the two sides meet at West Park tomorrow.

“We talked about it at the season launch, because making it to a grand final is a big achievement,” Plant said.

“Other than that we have seen it as history, it’s gone.

“We won’t talk about it as a group at all.”

While the events of last September would likely be a burning motivator for the players individually, the resolve they have shown as a group has been nothing short of exceptional.

The Dockers have won all three of their opening games by more than 50 points.

Plant said the commitment the side was showing extended beyond the boundary line.

“Last week we got home from Hobart at three minutes to midnight and the players were at a recovery session at the beach at 8am the next morning,” he said.

“They were standing out in the middle of Bass Strait so they are certainly enjoying each other’s company and are committed to the cause.”

Along with their hardened approach, the Dockers are also catching Launceston on the hop.

The Blues will be without Brian Finch, Nathan O’Donoghue and Gary Shipton for the clash, all key members of last year’s premiership side.

The Dockers will welcome back 228-game AFL legend Russell Robertson, with playmaker Darren Banham also a possibility to return.

Still, Plant is not taking anything for granted.

“We’ve been working on increasing our run and spread across all areas,” he said.

“That is Launceston’s strength and they do it quite well.

“We want to play accountable, man-on-man football and shut down their run.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Cats go for height

WYNYARD coach Shannon Bakes will roll the dice in today’s clash with Latrobe.
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The Cats are undefeated and sit comfortably on top of the ladder, but Bakes believes there is still room for improvement against the Demons, who he said are a different team to that which won last year’s premiership.

“They’ve changed their gameplan, they’re a run and carry team now, but still very dangerous,” Bakes said.

“We’ve got a bit of run too but we have brought in some bigger players to give us a height advantage.

“We’ve been evaluating our structures over the first couple of weeks and we’ve got to the stage where we are almost set, we’re just putting the last part in tomorrow (today).

“It’s trial and error, and who knows it might not work, but we’re prepared to risk it if there is a chance to move forward.”

The bigger bodies Bakes referred to are defenders Craig Stretton and David Fitzpatrick.

Wynyard’s back line will also be bolstered by the return of captain Daniel Franks, however Gregg Sharman, the full-back in last year’s TSL team of the year, is another week away from returning from a hamstring injury and illness.

“He was probably right to play but it’s a long season so we decided to give him another week,” Bakes said.

Meanwhile, Latrobe has not made a change to the side which was defeated by Penguin last week.

Demons coach Dale Perry said his team would have to execute the basics properly if it was to claim the away win.

“To win at Wynyard it is important to get your hands on the football first, use it well and then work as a team to fill the gaps,” Perry said.

“We’ve been doing lots of transition work at training.

“If Wynyard grabs hold of the momentum we want to be able to stop it.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Swans eager to triumph at home

WITH its two wins this season coming on the road, East Devonport coach Daniel Freshney admits his side is still getting used to the wide open spaces of Girdlestone Park.
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However, Freshney is confident the Swans will be able to turn their fortunes around at home this weekend when they take on Smithton.

“We are pretty much a whole new team so the smaller grounds and tighter spaces have suited us a bit better,” Freshney.

“It’s something we are getting used to, but our confidence is up and hopefully we can get a win in front of the supporters this week.”

The Swans hand was forced at the selection table, with Mark Marriott (foot) and Bradley French (hamstring) both missing through injury.

Brady Stubbs and Chris Poole were omitted from the side, which lost to Wynyard last round.

Into the side comes Kurt Jeffrey, Michael Bloomfield, Rodney Coglan and George McLachlan.

Freshney hoped the inclusions would help his side run the game out.

“Last week we played three quarters of good football, but got smashed in the third,” he said.

“This week we’ve talked about making good starts to the quarters and continuing on through the game.

“We know we can match it with the best, we’ve just got to sustain the pressure.”

A win would lift the fourth- placed Swans above the third- placed Saints, and should Latrobe lose to Wynyard, the red and white would be in outright second place.

However, Freshney was not getting too carried away.

“Smithton have some very dangerous key players like (Scott) Bryan, (Damien) Medwin and (Clint) Riley,” he said.

“We will need to be on from the opening bounce.”

Smithton, 39-point winner over Ulverstone last week, has made one change, with Luke Viney coming in for Josh Smith.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Another win likelyfor confident Ulverstone

ULVERSTONE travels to Mitsubishi Park to meet Launceston City, which is yet to win a game but has managed two draws so far this season.
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Ulverstone will be full of confidence after coming off a 5-0 win over Burnie last week.

Sean and Adam Conkie, along with Brayden Mann and Joel Stone, will cause problems for the City defence as they will be relied on by Reds’ coach Nick Owen to supply the goals.

The Reds’ back line will aim for a clean sheet to back up last week, as new signing Ryan Keep has been solid between the sticks.

Burnie United will be looking to bounce back against Riverside Olympic after its loss to Ulverstone last week.

Riverside is coming off the bye, so Burnie will look to get on top early and perhaps take advantage of what could be a slow start by Olympic.

United coach Tony Cocker will welcome Elliot Stewart into the side after serving a week’s suspension.

Burnie goes into the encounter at Montello as the underdog, but if it can string together all its good patches of play for a full match, an upset may be on the cards.

The Devonport Strikers should go into the match against the Northern Rangers at the NTCA Ground with an unchanged side, apart from coach Chris McKenna possibly starting on the field after a good week at training.

The Northern Rangers have played only two games this year and have performed well winning against the Knights 3-1 and Launceston United 6-2.

The Strikers have been solid defensively over the past couple of weeks with Kamil Douglas slotting into the sweeping role, replacing the injured Scott Wilson.

This will be the match of the round and will be an indicator as to where the teams sit in the race for the title.

The Somerset Sharks will have the home ground advantage in round four when they meet Launceston United.

Although the Sharks lost last week, they will be taking a lot of positives from the game and should draw some confidence from the match, after being the better side against the Knights.

Ryan Liston will make a return to the side as will James Nettleton, who will start in an attacking role to hopefully resolve the Sharks’ problem of putting the ball in the back of the net.

The Sharks will have to fight off a determined Launceston United side searching for its first three points in several years.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Ultimate pro steps down

GETTING long-time Devonport Golf Club professional Ron Garwood to talk about his own exploits on the golf course is like getting blood out of a stone.
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He is a long way from being a self- promoter, even on the eve of his retiring after 28 years as the resident professional at Woodrising.

However, even he can raise a grin when he is reminded of the time he was the leader of the 1979 Australian Open at the Royal Melbourne composite course.

The then young Garwood was lucky enough to birdie the par four first and then managed an eagle on the par five second.

A glance at the leader board showed he was in front, but by the end of the four rounds young Garwood did not even figure.

Then there was the time when he was just 13 and was drawn to play with a fairly competent lady player in a mixed foursomes event at Seabrook (he was living at Burnie at the time).

The snooty lady scoffed at the idea and suggested that Ron, on a handicap of 13, was not a good enough partner.

But the next year Ron had reduced his handicap to just four and this lady quickly changed her attitude. She reckoned Ron would be an ideal partner.

And the youngster had great pleasure in informing her that perhaps she was not good enough to play with him.

Ron Garwood started his career, under the guidance of his father, when he was growing up in Westbury.

He turned professional at the tender age of 16, under the wing of the renowned Bill Husband at the Launceston Golf Club.

He later spent about five years in Melbourne where he followed the Australian tour with, in his words, limited success.

However, he did compete in a couple of PGA championships and four Australian Opens competing against golfers of the calibre of Hale Irwin, Greg Norman and David Good.

He was also a member of the Australian PGA Board for six years.

Back in Tasmania as professional at Woodrising, Ron has managed to win about 30 Tasmanian PG pro- ams, but does not set great store in those achievements.

However, he and then Kingston Beach pro, Rod Mills, captured the Tasmanian foursomes title seven times.

In fact, Ron has the record of having won every event on the Tasmanian calendar with the exception of the Tasmanian PGA.

Tony Fox, a single figure member of the Devonport Golf Club, who has caddied for Ron, is convinced that he could hold his own with any of the top-flight players if he could only putt.

He recalls one Tasmanian PGA, which Ron should have won with something in hand, but in which he finished only second to the late Doug Murray.

“From tee to green, he was superb,” recalls Tony.

“But he let himself down with his putting.”

And it is a weakness in his game that Ron Garwood freely admits.

Of the players he has seen at Devonport, he suggests that multiple club championship winner, Kevin Brain, was one of the best.

He also had great respect for the ability of Adam Holden, who was apprenticed to Ron and who is now a professional in Canada.

But he has despaired of some of the better golfers, who did not realise their full potential.

Outstanding among these, said Ron, was former Woodrising green keeper, Stewie Mathewson.

He could have been anything and held his own anywhere, but he was not sufficiently dedicated.

Ron Garwood has indicated to Devonport that he will retire at the end of June. But he is fearful for the future of golf club professionals in Tasmania.

“With the prices for golfing gear offered by the likes of Ray Drummond and on the Internet, I can see the time when Tasmanian professionals will do what they are doing in America and merely provide golfing lessons and selling clothing and logos. We just cannot compete,” he said.

Devonport Golf Club president Bev Holman said Garwood had certainly been the longest-serving Professional, following in the steps of Gerry Bailey and John Furze.

“Ron has served the club extremely well and has started and improved the golfing careers of many members,” she said.

“He has also been helpful to the board offering advice and ideas on golf, tournaments and club business.

“He has given an extraordinary amount of time coaching juniors over many years and assisted some such as Sarah Johnstone into the elite area. Sarah now represents the state and plays off a handicap of one.

“Ron has also given pennant players valuable lessons prior to many seasons which, I am sure, has contributed to the success the club has achieved during his tenure.”

She added that he had been a very generous sponsor for club tournaments and for the ladies, mens, veterans and junior competitions and had initiated the Corporate Cup event for our sponsors now a keenly contested annual fixture.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Hawks ready to fly,with trio back for clash

CHRIS Clarke’s South Burnie Hawks will be back at full strength when they take on Queechy Penguins at the St Leonards Hockey Centre Launceston, in their Greater Northern League Hockey clash.
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The Hawks have three inclusions this week that Clarke is hoping will be a boost for them, with Jordan Dart, Evan Davies and Patrick Todd all back from under 18 state duties.

The juniors were a thorn in the side of most teams last year and with the added experience of state duties they could be match winners.

Queechy coach Kahn Riley said the Hawks have always been tough opposition and with wins going both ways, he doesn’t expect to find them any different this year.

Queechy started strongly last week with all goals being a team effort when secondary touches finished the job, a play that the team has been practising.

Queechy devastated many defences last year with a formidable corner barrage and with the new style introduced by Riley they now have another weapon.

This game should be a willing affair and worth the gate admission.

The late game in Launceston is cross-town rivals Tamar Churinga and South Launceston.

Tamar was unlucky to be beaten in the dying stages by Launceston City last week and will be out to make amends and post its first points for the year.

Coach David Budgeon will be relying on Shane Ewart and Siebe Vanoorschot to get the front line firing and find a chink in the Blues defence.

Tim Reece, Nick Williams and Gene Purcell combined well last week for the Blues, their speed on the forward line should serve them well in what should be another close local encounter.

The Smithton Saints have three additions to their line up when they meet the Subbies at Meercroft Park Devonport.

Saints’ coach Kris Birtwhistle wasn’t keen to make any predictions, only to say the games between the teams have always been close and this should be no different.

The Subbies will add Mike Williams to their line up and with no injuries to report their coach will hoping to change their fortunes.

Burnie’s City Marians had a day out last week with a comfortable victory and on home turf Launceston City will need to dig deep to take the points.

The Bloods spokesman Kerry Davies didn’t think there would be any changes to their starting line-up.

Dave Towsend, Clinton Upchurch and Eddie Gates led the way last week and should trouble the Launceston defence.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Rawlings bullish about Johnnyace’s chances

IF THE pressure of having the only local runner in tomorrow night’s Maxfield Drilling Raider Stakes Final is getting to Andrew Rawlings, he’s not letting on.
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The Burnie trainer was cool, calm and collected yesterday when asked about his colt Johnnyace’s chance of taking out the $30,000 race.

“His preparation has not been too bad and he’s coming along nicely at the right time,” Rawlings said.

“He ran fourth in the heat after drawing wide so with a bit of luck he will have a good run.”

Johnnyace will start from barrier seven, on the second row, for tomorrow night’s 2665m mobile start race.

With regular driver Rohan Hadley on board, Rawlings said the draw would suit his horse.

“He should be able to work in good from there,” he said.

“The two favourites (Quastor Centurion and Beautide) are starting from (barriers) one and two, so if he can hold their backs he should have every chance.”

While Johnnyace has had seven wins from his 35 starts, Rawlings had no doubts about where victory in the Raider Stakes, one of the state’s premier four-year-old races, would sit.

“It would be the biggest by a fair way,” he said.

“It would be one of the biggest of my career as well.”

The Barrie Rattray- trained Beautide, who has won all three of his starts this campaign, looms as Johnnyace’s major challenger.

In tomorrow night’s other feature race, the Adam Brooks Group Granny Smith Final, the Scottsdale-trained Hilda Su, the winner of her last two starts, will go head to head with class six mare Klebnikova Leis and class seven mare Benediction.

Azarenka Leis, trained at Sassafras by Shelley Barnes, will carry Coastal hopes in the 2665m race.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Rates cut would not be a win-win situation for all

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CHANGES in interest rates create winners and losers.

One commenter on a story at www.theadvocate杭州夜网.au headed “Rate cut hopes grow” on Tuesday wrote:

“Hope? Why should I hope that I get less interest on my savings?

“Like the majority of Australians, I do not have a loan, so why does the paper assume that a rate cut is positive for the average Australian?”

Here goes –

MORTGAGES

In 2011, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 36.2% of Australian households were home owners with a mortgage.

That covered about 7.95million Australians who would stand to benefit directly from rates cuts through lower mortgage payments or paying off their mortgages more quickly.

(This assumes fixed rates would also come down in time in response to any cuts the Reserve Bank may make on Tuesday and beyond).

A further 32.6% of Australian households were owners without a mortgage, covering about 7.2million Australians.

The third significant group, renters, made up 27.6% of households (about 6.1million Australians).

A number of those would be keen to get into the housing market, and lower rates would make it easier for them to do so.

THE DOLLAR

The high Aussie dollar has been a mixed bag.

It has led to lower import costs, but has also put great pressure on much of the manufacturing sector and on tourism.

In 2010, according to the ABS, 983,500 Aussies worked in manufacturing.

It would probably be conservative to assume the high dollar would be putting pressure on the employers of three quarters of those.

If so, that would be a ballpark 740,000 Australians whose manufacturing jobs were being affected or were in danger from the high dollar.

A further 752,800 Australians were employed in the accommodation and food services sector.

Assuming a quarter of those jobs were affected or threatened by the high dollar, that is a further 190,000-odd people.

Part of the reason for the high dollar is our interest rates, which are extraordinarily high by current developed world standards.

While that is a sign of relative economic strength, interest rates coming down closer to those of other developed countries would help bring the dollar down over time and ease stress on manufacturers and tourism.

RETAIL

Retail employed 1.24million Australians in 2010.

Retailers widely believe cuts to interest rates help lift public confidence and public spending.

Australians have become increasingly frugal in recent years.

BUILDING

Construction is another key sector regularly calling for rate cuts.

It employed 1.04million Australians in 2010.

Like retail, it is having a challenging period, with many firms under pressure.

BUSINESS

Cuts to interest rates tend to help many businesses by lowering their costs.

This can lead to increased profitability, support or grow job numbers and improve share prices over time.

SHAREHOLDERS

Most Australians own shares these days, either directly or through superannuation funds.

A rates cut would broadly be good for the share market and super balances.

SELF-FUNDED RETIREES

These people are some of Australia’s unsung heroes.

They reduce the burden on taxpayers by funding their own retirements and this will become increasingly important as the population ages.

They certainly have a point when they worry about rates cuts eroding incomes.

There are believed to be more than 280,000 of them in Australia.

Even so, those are relatively small numbers compared to some of the groups mentioned above.

CONSUMERS

While a rates cut would be an overall win for consumers, a lower dollar would push up import prices.

Those keen on plasma screens and other electronic doodads may do well to get in soon.

ON BALANCE

It seems clear many more Australians would benefit from a rates cut than would be significantly hurt by one.

The “greater good” argument, therefore, supports rates cuts.

So do recent economic developments.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Photographers’ perspectives

AN INSPIRING quote from Australian photographer Max Dupain has been reflected on in the exhibition In Response.
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Opened last night at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG), it showcases the perspectives of local photographers Lisa Garland, Rick Eaves and Peter Lord on the following quote: “I find that my whole life, if it’s going to be of any consequence in photography, has to be devoted to that place where I have been born, reared and worked, thought, philosophised and made pictures to

the best of my ability. And that’s all I need.”

Lisa Garland focuses on North- West Coast people in their own environments.

“I love the intimate spaces and how we create them,” she said.

“The clutter, the character and the serenity of them.”

Rick Eaves is fascinated with the diversity of Tasmanian landscapes.

“My photos have a real textural unity and are quite evocative images,” he said.

“I love Bass Strait, the highlands, rural and coastlands, and the power of the West Coast.”

Peter Lord has gathered a selection of images including some from his 35 years as a news photographer.

“They capture the energies of my home, and my home was The Examiner at the time,” Mr Lord said.

“They are from my time of running through town roads, beaches, villages.”

In Response will run until June3.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.