Archive for May 28th, 2009

Berrigan swine flu story dead

I just received a press release informing me that no passengers on the P&O boat the Pacific Dawn has tested positive to swine flu. This effectively kills the rumour of there being swine flu in Berrigan as the story was that a couple people who had been on the Pacific Dawn were in Berrigan.

It’s good news, but it means that I need to find another story for tomorrow.

Update:Town name corrected. Following up another story in Conargo, got the names mixed up. End Update


May 28th, 2009 at 02:43pm

Two very different approaches to handling pig flu

I’m surprised by the difference in attitude to the pig flu situation between Victorian health authorities and New South Wales health authorities.

For most of the week I have been inundated with press releases about just about every single diagnosis of pig flu in Victoria. The Victorian authorities seem to believe that keeping people informed is a good idea.

Then we have New South Wales. I’m trying to follow up on a tipoff we have received about a diagnosis of pig flu in Berrigan. Greater Southern Area Health’s media rep responded with “oh we don’t talk about individual cases. We have a website with overall numbers which we update daily”.

I have just checked back through all of the emails and faxes which have come in this week, and I can not find a single message from New South Wales health authorities. Apparently keeping people in the dark and fobbing the media off to a website is the way things are handled in New South Wales.

I much prefer the Victorian approach. Whilst it creates more of an uproar and media circus, at least people are informed about what is going on. The New South Wales way just causes confusion.


May 28th, 2009 at 12:57pm

I don’t even remember applying for that!

I just love it when I apply for a job and hear nothing for weeks and weeks and weeks, and then when I have forgotten all about it, I get an email informing me that I was unsuccessful.

I suppose I would have a bit of trouble if I received an email informing me that I was the successful applicant, as I would have to try and work out what the job was. At least when I’m unsuccessful I can brush it off.


May 28th, 2009 at 12:23pm

There goes fifteen minutes of my morning

I wrote the following at 5am…apparently I then hit “save” rather than “publish”.

Thank you Fairfax. It seems that pulses during the night caused a heap of the music log to be skipped, so rather than finishing at 6am it finished at 4:45am.

I just wasted fifteen minutes of my news preparation time inventing a new music log for the remainder of the morning.


May 28th, 2009 at 11:18am

2QN/Classic Rock regional news headlines: 28 May, 2009

Three people were taken to hospital last night after a car accident at the corner of Henry and Fowler Streets. Police believe that a driver failed to stop at a give way sign, causing both cars to roll.
No one was seriously injured in the accident, however the intersection was blocked for two hours.

Campaspe Shire Council have handed down their draft budget for 2009-10, with a cash surplus of $23,000. Rates are, however, on the increase, and will be going up by 6%.
The 4.3 million dollar Echuca library and community hub project has been placed on hold.
The budget can be viewed at and at customer service centres, and public submissions are welcome until the 30th of June.

The Deniliquin Council met last night and heard about a meeting which was held between senior council staff, and local developers and real estate agents, regarding ways to encourage development in Deniliquin and surrounds. The meeting was widely regarded as constructive and was welcomed by local developers and estate agents. A report will be handed to Council from the meeting in the near future.
Council also approved a fee increase at the Deni swimming pool. Fees are going up by an average of 4% from the first of July. It’s the first fee increase at the swimming pool since 2006.

United States Consul General Michael Thurston is touring Echuca, Barmah and Kyabram with Nationals MP Paul Weller today.
Mr. Thurston is US president Barack Obama’s representative in Victoria, and this is his first visit to rural Victoria since being appointed.

Ferrari defeated Porsche by one point in the final of the Deniliquin mixed netball competition.

And in Men’s basketball
The Vikings defeated the Warriors 41 to 37
And the Maples defeated the Under 19s Giants 33 to 26


May 28th, 2009 at 11:16am

Chat with Michael Parkinson

G'day Mark,

Just a quick note to let you know that I enjoyed your chat with Michael Parkinson this morning, and his views on various world leaders.

I only managed to catch about half of the conversation, so I hope that it will be podcasted as I would love to hear the rest of it.

Best wishes,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart

Update: It has been podcasted. See here and here. End Update

May 28th, 2009 at 09:00am

On 1WAY FM this morning with James Scott at about 7:45am

More budgets than I can count, and Barack Obama’s envoy to Victoria (yep, he has a representative specifically for Victoria) touring rural Victoria.

1WAY FM, 91.9 and 94.3FM at about 7:45 this morning.


May 28th, 2009 at 06:48am

Mark Parton and Michael Parkinson at 8am

On 2CC and their webstream at Looks like I will be able to tune in after all. Thanks for picking a time which works for me Mark.


May 28th, 2009 at 05:11am


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