Illawarra Brewery takeover to quench thirsts

This weekend, The Illawarra Brewery will be pouring beers that have never been seen before in Wollongong.

David McGrath serves up a cold one ahead of The Illawarra Brewery’s 20 Tap Takeover of craft beers. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

It’s all part of the 20 Tap Takeover, where each of the taps at the brewery will, this Sunday, be given over to serving craft beer from breweries across the country.

The Illawarra Brewing Company operations manager David McGrath said most of the beers were new to the town.

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“Absolutely, the majority of them fit into that category,” Mr McGrath said.

“They’re beers that you can’t find on tap in Wollongong day-in and day-out. There are all sorts of different beers.

“I’d say there’d be about two-thirds of them which would never have been on tap in Wollongong before.”

The event would be split into two sessions on the day and brewers from across the country would be happy to answer questions about their beers.

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Mr McGrath said the event aimed to show the range of craft beer available in Australia.

But it’s not just an event for the “beer geek”, he said.

“The beers that are there are going to appeal to everybody.

“So you’re going to have some beers that beer geeks are going to love but there will still be some entry-level beers for those who are just interested in coming along,” Mr McGrath said.

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“We’re not segregating the market; we’re trying to make it approachable to everybody.”

While this year’s event hadn’t even happened yet, Mr McGrath said he was looking to make next year’s even bigger.

“Next year, we plan that we’ll take it to that next level, whether it goes into the stadium or across the road [Lang Park],” Mr McGrath said.

“This is an an appetiser for the local community to see how they turn out and support craft beer.”

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Teen denied drug lifeline

REID Butler could be going to school, just like most other 16-year-olds. Instead, he is destined to remain bedridden because the medication he needs to simply get around has been suddenly withdrawn from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

‘‘I don’t want my boy stuck in his bed for the rest of his life,’’ his mother Amie said.

‘‘It’s hard enough for kids with disabilities, and even though Reid handles all the pain and everything with a smile, this is just appalling.’’

Reid, from Buchanan near Kurri Kurri, was born with multiple physical and mental disabilities and diagnosed with a rare endocrine condition as a baby.

Part of his treatment has involved a growth hormone.

Now that Reid is deemed to have reached puberty the hormone treatment is no longer available on the PBS and will cost upwards of $10,000 a year to continue.

For Reid, the equation is simple. With the treatment, he will continue to live a long and reasonably happy life, despite his disabilities. Without it, he is bedridden.

Doctors acting for Reid have pleaded for the drug to be returned to the PBS.

They, along with Reid’s family and those of several other sufferers in the Newcastle area, say the growth hormone is needed to treat Reid’s pituitary problems.

Able bodies create their own growth hormones but Reid’s body doesn’t, and never will.

Associate professor Patricia Crock, the head of paediatric diabetes and endocrine services at John Hunter Hospital, said Reid’s condition had ‘‘deteriorated significantly’’ since he was taken off the drug.

She has written to health authorities ‘‘in the hope that there is some mechanism by which Reid can receive a compassionate supply of growth hormone therapy’’.

Before a recent operation, Reid was well enough to go to school.

On March 27 this year, his bone growth reached what the PBS guidelines deemed their limit, and the subsidised treatment was withdrawn that day.

‘‘I had no idea that would happen,’’ mother Amie said. ‘‘I’d love to get a job, but looking after Reid is 24 hours a day.’’ Reid’s stepfather already works long hours to meet other medical and living costs. They can’t find the extra $10,000 each year for Reid’s treatment.

Amie said that during eight weeks without the medication, Reid had gone ‘‘downhill fast’’.

When the family scraped together enough money for a 20-day supply of the growth hormone, the improvement was noticeable.

The Australian Pituitary Foundation, which represents about 20,000 people with conditions similar to Reid, has been lobbying the federal government for two years to change eligibility criteria, but without success. The foundation has argued that Australia is the only country in the first world that withdraws subsidies for Reid’s condition.

LIFE: Amie Shearman-Golledge with her son Reid Butler, 16, who requires a growth hormone. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Teen lucky to not kill mates: Girl panicked after pinching Pop’s car

AN unlicenced teenage motorist was lucky not to have killed three of her friends when she crashed a car following a police pursuit, a Children’s Court has been told.

The court was told the 17-year-old female panicked after she took her grandfather’s car without permission and was pulled over at a random breath testing station on April 1 this year.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Cherree Blair said the teen was driving a Ford Falcon sedan in Fifteenth Street about 2.30pm when she was confronted by police between Etiwanda and Benetook avenues.

Sen-Constable Blair said the driver was tested for the presence of alcohol and then gave police false identification details.

She said that after police told her to wait and went to check her claims, the driver told her three teenage passengers to “hold on” and she sped away from the station in an easterly direction.

The court was told that as police pursued the car, the motorist overtook other vehicles, including in between two lanes of traffic, before turning left into Benetook Avenue.

The prosecutor said the driver reached speeds of between 120-130kmh as she approached two cars that were travelling behind a semi trailer.

Sen-Constable Blair said police terminated the pursuit as the vehicles approached the Fourteenth Street roundabout when the teen driver tried to overtake the vehicles in gravel on the left hand side of the road.

She said the female overtook the two cars but lost control of the vehicle, overcorrected and crashed into the left hand side of the semi-trailer causing substantial damage to the car.

The court was told passengers helped the accused from the vehicle and a second police unit arrived at the scene and assisted to detain the group a short distance away.

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Bendigo woman with heart of gold helps everyone

CHRISSY Budge is forever lending money or opening her home to people in need.

The Eaglehawk resident was this week recommended by a friend for acknowledgment in the Bendigo Advertiser’s Random Acts of Kindness Month initiative. Her friend Kathie Taintey said Ms Budge was always doing good deeds for people.

“There’s not one of us around this neighbourhood who hasn’t been affected by her love and generosity,” she said.

“This woman has a heart of gold.

“I’ve never met anyone in my life quite like her.

“She lends people money, buys them things like milk if they need it and lets troublesome youths stay with her.

“There have been many occasions when I’ve said to her, ‘You know you shouldn’t be doing that’, but she does it anyway. I really feel she’s deserving of being nominated for the Random Acts of Kindness.”

Ms Budge, 35, said she simply liked to help people.

“I would definitely encourage other people to do what they can to help others, too,” she said.

Chrissy Budge was this week recommended by a friend for her Random Acts of Kindness. Picture: Brendan McCarthy

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LETTER: Religions escape tax contributions

PERHAPS Rewa Bate (‘‘Church records prove tight ship’’ Letters 21/5) should familiarise herself with Australian tax law, which clearly defines ‘‘the advancement of religion’’ as a charitable cause.

This means that any profits made by a religious organisation, whether it be a soup kitchen run by the Salvos, or a multinational cereal company like Sanitarium, are exempt from paying taxes.

Common sense tells us that feeding the homeless and caring for the elderly are indeed charitable causes.

Promoting religious beliefs is not.

Our local councils, which are struggling to repair our roads and provide services to ratepayers, are foregoing millions of dollars in unpaid rates every year on church properties, often prime real estate. So all ratepayers are, in fact, subsidising the advancement of religion.

Which part of ‘‘Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s’’ (Mathew 22:20-22) do these tax avoiders not understand?

Pistorius murder trial postponed

South Africa: A South African court has postponed to August 19 the pre-trial hearing of Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, to give police time to wrap up their investigation.

Magistrate Daniel Thulare also on Tuesday extended bail for Pistorius, South Africa’s Paralympic sprint star.

Earlier, Pistorius arrived at court for the first time since being freed on bail in February over the Valentine’s Day killing of model Reeva Steenkamp.

Sporting a grey suit and blue shirt and tie, and looking tense, the sprinter known as the “Blade Runner” walked through the main front entrance and headed straight to a courtroom packed with media and his family.

Tuesday’s hearing came just days after a British television channel broadcast leaked crime scene pictures showing the blood-spattered bathroom where Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp multiple times through a locked door.

Prosecutors have charged the 26-year-old with premeditated murder.

Conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

But the athlete claims he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder in a “terrible accident” and the defence wants the charge reduced to culpable homicide, which risks up to 15 years behind bars.

Steenkamp, 29, who had been dating Pistorius for just a few months, suffered gunshot wounds to her head, elbow and hip.Her mother June told Britain’s Channel 5 in a show aired on Monday the couple had been having arguments.

‘”We’ve been fighting, we’ve been fighting a lot,” Reeva once said in a phone call, June Steenkamp remembered.

“She must have been so afraid in the toilet and somebody is firing bullets through the door. And already one bullet had hit her so she must have been in severe pain also,” said June Steenkamp. “We don’t know what happened. There’s only one person that knows what happened.”


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Blonde or brunette neither hair nor there

BLONDES may have more fun, but brunettes are sexier and the kind of girls you’d most want to introduce your to parents, according to a new survey.

The recent study of 1000 Australians looked at the influence of hair care, colour and style on men and women.

Some of the more interesting findings to come out included that 39 per cent of the men and 60 per cent of the women surveyed preferred brown hair.

According to the survey conducted by Australian hair product supplier Head & Shoulders, Aussie blokes believe brunettes make the best lovers (24 per cent) and are the most suitable to introduce to their parents (38 per cent).

Proud Griffith blonde Alana Villata, 20, said despite the findings she’d never consider going dark.

“I love my blonde hair,” she said.

“I think it makes me who I am and sets me apart from a lot of people.

“I don’t think it really matters what colour your hair is. It’s more about personality and morals.

“It matters what is inside. I’ve got a boyfriend, obviously he prefers blondes.”

Local hairdresser Brittney Colloridi said, in her experience, colour didn’t play a big role in influencing relationships.

“It’s not about the colour. It’s who you are as a person,” she said.

“I do think hair is important. It can make you feel more confident in yourself.

“But women change their hair colour all of the time. You could be lighter when you meet someone but go darker later on.”

Ninety-one per cent of the Australians surveyed claimed hair was a key element to a person’s sex appeal.

Women found dirty hair (79 per cent) and dandruff (64 per cent) two of the biggest turn-offs.

Women are also far less likely than men to pursue a relationship if their potential partner turns up with unclean, unhealthy or unkempt hair.

Foxy Locks hairdresser Richard Brewer said he was surprised people were so superficial.

“I’m actually amazed to tell you the truth,” he said.

“I think it’s pretty shallow that hair colour would make such a difference.

“But then again it’s only an opinion. I have found a lot of blondes have been changing to brunette lately but that’s only to disguise their regrowth.”

“I doubt it has anything to do with a survey.”

Frizzy facts

– 39% of men prefer brown hair.

– 60% of women prefer brown hair.

– 24% of men think brunettes make better lovers.

– 36% of men think blondes are more likely to cheat

– 38% of men think brunettes are the most appropriate to introduce to their parents

– 91% of Australians think hair is a key element to a person’s sex appeal

According to a survey conducted by Australian hair product supplier Head & Shoulders

HAIR APPARENT: Griffith girls Brittney Colloridi, 20, and Alana Villata, 20, believe hair colour isn’t as important as a new survey suggests. Picture: Anthony Stipo

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Crawf to roll into Mildura

AFL Hall-of-Famer Shane Crawford will travel through Mildura as part of his gruelling Tour de Crawf later this month.

Crawford will set out on the Tour de Crawf from Melbourne on June 20 as part of a 3600km bike ride across the Nullabor to Perth, where he is scheduled to arrive on July 11.

The ride aims to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Network Australia following his successful 760km walk from Adelaide to Melbourne in 2010, which raised $600,000 for BCNA.

Crawford is scheduled to arrive in Mildura on June 22. He will spend the night in the region following a family-fun day event on the Saturday afternoon at the Mildura Rowing Club lawns.

Event organiser and BCNA member Shirley O’Brien has encouraged the community to get behind the event.

“We’ll have live music, jumping castles, merry-go-rounds, sausage sizzles, hot and cold drinks, face painting and hair colouring,” she said.

“There will be prizes given for the craziest pink outfits and the best ‘Welcome Crawf’ banners.

“We’ll also have a raffle and first prize will be a table for 10 at The Footy Show, second will be a GIANT push bike and third will be a voucher from Focus on Furniture.”

As a measure of Crawford’s ride, he will ride further than the cyclists in the Tour de France in fewer days.

‘LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE’: Shane Crawford will visit Mildura as part of Tour de Crawf later this month.

More than $150,000 has already been raised through corporate sponsorship for the ride.

Crawford, who played 305 games for Hawthorn from 1993- 2008, said in a statement the bike ride would be a life-changing experience.

“But the pain and agony I will go through riding 3600km in 22 days and crossing the Nullabor is nothing compared to the pain Australian women battling breast cancer go through each day,” he said.

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IT’S NOT OVER: Dumped Soward offered Dragons lifeline


St GeorgeIllawarra skipper Ben Creagh insists Jamie Soward has the full support of the squad’s senior players despite the premiership-winning five-eighth being dumped to the NSW Cup.

The 28-year-old was yesterday axed to the Dragons’ feeder side, the Illawarra Cutters, for the second time in the space of 12 months.

It comes a little more than two years after Soward was preparing to make his State Of Origin debut.

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Dragons coach Steve Price excused Soward from training for a couple of days “to clear his head” after St George Illawarra’s narrow loss to the Bulldogs.

And speaking only hours before the Dragons confirmed Soward was again NSW Cup-bound, Creagh stressed the much-maligned pivot still had the full support of his teammates.

“He does – 100 per cent,” Creagh said. “Pricey has given him a couple of days off to clear his head. I’m sure he’ll be at training [today] and we’ll get on with it.”

Soward, who will turn out for the Cutters in an NRL curtain-raiser against Newcastle on Saturday, has already inked a four-year deal with Penrith from 2014.

His manager Sam Ayoub said Soward hadn’t asked for a mid-season release and would play out the year in Wollongong.

Chase Stanley has been named to replace Soward at five-eighth for the Dragons’ crucial clash against the Knights, with Nathan Green promoted to the centres.

Utility Will Matthews was the only other player to be caught in the selection squeeze, but Price stressed the entire squad needed to take responsibility for the Dragons’ recent run of outs.

“We’re all accountable – myself included – and every player that takes the football field,” he said.

“We’ve got roles to play and it’s important that each individual plays those roles.”

The Dragons named Origin duo Brett Morris and Trent Merrin – pending their fitness after the series opener tonight – with Daniel Vidot relegated to an extended bench.

Prop Dan Hunt is in line to return from a knee injury, but Matt Cooper remains sidelined with a toe complaint. “It’s another big test for us and most of these games are must-win for us,” Creagh said.

“A lot of the guys know that, but we’re not too far away.”

Creagh and Michael Weyman addressed more than 200 teenage boys at an inspiration day for the Top Blokes Foundation at WIN Stadium yesterday.

“We’re giving all these young teenagers a bit of insight in how we achieved our dreams [of playing NRL], about how we got there, goal setting and that’s extremely important – not only in footy but in life as well,” Creagh said.

Jamie Soward, right. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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Fanning the Ice and Fire

The Red Wedding: Tears, vitriol and anger among fans after the airing of the now infamous Episode 9. Photo: SuppliedGame of Thrones delivered a sucker punch of colossal proportions to its millions of fans worldwide this week.

The death of a number of key characters saw thousands hit social media to vent their despair and outrage at writer George R. R. Martin and series producer HBO.

Reaction videos were uploaded to YouTube, the Twitter account @RedWeddingTears was created solely to retweet anguished outbursts, a Downfall parody was created and even 2009’s meme of the year Keyboard Cat made a return.

Martin himself has said the scene was the most difficult he had to write, skipping over it until he’d finished the rest of A Storm of Swords, the third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

So why the vitriol? Here are three expert views on why our hearts were so broken by this week’s events in Westeros.

The pop culture expert

Queensland University of Technology Film and TV lecturer Mark Ryan said long-form television allowed viewers to form deep attachments to characters.

“Particularly in Game of Thrones where there are so many plotlines, so many houses … audiences get invested,” he said.

Dr Ryan said the HBO series was part of a trend in contemporary TV to subvert expectations, citing Breaking Bad, True Blood and The Walking Dead as other current examples.

“TV shows are trying to steer away from being predictable, and as a result killing off main characters and plot twists that are not favourable keeps viewers on the edge of their seat, keeps them guessing.”

Thousands of reactions captured on social media included fans’ pledge to “give up” on the show.

But Dr Ryan doubted Game of Thrones was in any danger of burning out its audience with emotional upheaval.

“Because of the power of the brand, because people are so invested in the characters, the following keeps growing and growing.”

As of press time, Dr Ryan had not seen the now-infamous “The Rains of Castamere” episode.

“My guess is someone like Jon Snow, or Robb, might be in danger,” he said.

“Am I warm?”

No comment.

The geek whisperer

Paul Russell is a manager at Brisbane’s Ace Comics & Games store, and has been dealing with fanatics of all kinds for over ten years.

“One thing I’ve noticed is that fans feel really entitled, and they get really angry when things aren’t the way they think they should be,” he said.

“The problem is that gets really dull if you get everything handed to you the way you want it.”

He said Martin’s strength is a willingness to torture his fans.

“You need failure and despair to make a story work … he’s not there to pat you on the head and whisper comforting things in your ear.”

Russell admitted he found that out first hand.

“When I first read the Red Wedding scene, I threw the book across the room and didn’t touch it for two weeks,” he said.

So he was ready for this week’s outrage.

“I was waiting for the shitstorm afterwards – it’s fun to watch fans lose it.”

The author

John Birmingham often kills beloved characters in his techo-thrillers, such as the Axis of Time and Wave trilogies.

“If you’re writing a story where you’re putting your characters in danger, if you’re being true to that, some of them are going to be hurt,” he said.

“As soon as you accept some of them have to die, you get past that emotional blockage … it’s a very, very powerful thing, having the ruthlessness to do that.”

Birmingham said even now fans will occasionally tweet him to voice their displeasure at a character’s grisly end.

“But I’ve never gotten that weird, stalk-y Misery reaction where they tie you up in the basement, break your legs and demand you re-write it,” he said.

“I’m aiming for it, one day I’ll get there.”

The author said TV viewers were used to seeing characters meet their maker – but only temporarily.

“How many times did Buffy die … in Stargate, Daniel Jackson probably died half a dozen times but always came back one way or another.”

“When people die in Martin’s book, they’re dead, they’re not coming back and TV viewers are not used to that level of brutality and honesty.”

Birmingham also said book readers had more control over how they consumed the horror, whereas TV watchers were the prisoners of HBO producers DB White and David Benioff.

“Those of us who put in the hard yards knew exactly what was coming and were prepared.”

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