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An artist's impression of Hinkley Point. Photo: HO/EDF ENGERY/AFP

A European Union court has dismissed a case brought by Austria against EU-approved subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain.

Anti-nuclear Austria challenges the European Commission's green light for the Hinkley Point C project before the Luxembourg-based EU court in 2015.

"The General Court confirms the decision by which the Commission approved the aid provided by the UK in favour of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station," the court said.

"The General Court accordingly dismisses the action brought by Austria," added the statement from the EU's second highest court.

Austria was backed by Luxembourg and nuclear activists while Britain was backed by Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

In a campaign against nuclear power in Europe, then Chancellor Werner Faymann argued in 2015 that state aid for nuclear power was not in the public interest.

But the court ruled on Thursday that it was up to an individual member state to decide what technologies were in the public interest, even if other member states disagreed.

"The Commission did not err in taking the view that the UK was entitled to define the development of nuclear energy as being a public-interest objective," it said.

The British government has stressed that Hinkley will be vital for the country's energy security as most of the existing nuclear stations were due to close before 2023.

The £19.6-billion ($26-billion, 22-billion-euro) project, which is to be built by French energy giant EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), is highly symbolic of the UK's nuclear renewal.

Austria has long campaigned against nuclear power, bolstered by a referendum in 1978 rejecting atomic energy.

Opponents of Hinkley Point see it as an unnecessary support of nuclear energy just as the use of renewables, such as wind and solar power, takes hold in Europe.

However, Austria is surrounded by nations keen to expand their nuclear facilities, including Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The court decision can be appealed before the European Court of Justice, the highest EU tribunal, as long as it is lodged within two months.

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An artist's impression of Hinkley Point. Photo: HO/EDF ENGERY/AFP

A European Union court has dismissed a case brought by Austria against EU-approved subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain.

Anti-nuclear Austria challenges the European Commission's green light for the Hinkley Point C project before the Luxembourg-based EU court in 2015.

"The General Court confirms the decision by which the Commission approved the aid provided by the UK in favour of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station," the court said.

"The General Court accordingly dismisses the action brought by Austria," added the statement from the EU's second highest court.

Austria was backed by Luxembourg and nuclear activists while Britain was backed by Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

In a campaign against nuclear power in Europe, then Chancellor Werner Faymann argued in 2015 that state aid for nuclear power was not in the public interest.

But the court ruled on Thursday that it was up to an individual member state to decide what technologies were in the public interest, even if other member states disagreed.

"The Commission did not err in taking the view that the UK was entitled to define the development of nuclear energy as being a public-interest objective," it said.

The British government has stressed that Hinkley will be vital for the country's energy security as most of the existing nuclear stations were due to close before 2023.

The £19.6-billion ($26-billion, 22-billion-euro) project, which is to be built by French energy giant EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), is highly symbolic of the UK's nuclear renewal.

Austria has long campaigned against nuclear power, bolstered by a referendum in 1978 rejecting atomic energy.

Opponents of Hinkley Point see it as an unnecessary support of nuclear energy just as the use of renewables, such as wind and solar power, takes hold in Europe.

However, Austria is surrounded by nations keen to expand their nuclear facilities, including Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The court decision can be appealed before the European Court of Justice, the highest EU tribunal, as long as it is lodged within two months.

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The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo has withdrawn a scheduled performance by entertainer Shannon Noll for their 60th rodeo celebrations next month following last weekends on stage incident involving the artist.

Noll was forced to apologise for his behaviour at Nyngans Duck Creek picnic races after a member of the 5000 strong crowd threw a beer at the singer, sending him into a swearing and abusive filled tirade, which was caught on film.

The outburst has cost him a spot on the Rodeo ticket.

Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo General Manager Natalie Flecker said a lot of work and effort had gone into establishing the event nationally as a premier iconic Outback experience.

“We pride ourselves on our family-friendly environment and reputation so we have made this operational decision to ensure we deliver the best event experience for all attendees,” Ms Flecker said.

Mr Noll said he was disappointed to not be there to celebrate such a milestone for an event engrained within the history and heritage of Queensland.

“I wish it every success. I look forward to returning and being a part of it another time,” Noll said.

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Noll had been due to take the stage on Friday night (August 10) of the Isa Rodeo weekend.

Ms Flecker said it left the event with a vacancy for an entertainer for the Friday night concert with support act, Newcastle-based The Viper Creek Band.

“We will be working quickly to fill this gap in our entertainment lineup to kick off our RODEO ROCK concert lineup,” she said.

The Isa Rodeo, the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere, celebrates its Diamond Jubilee 60 th Anniversary Rodeo from 9 to 12 August.

More than 25,000 people are expected to head to the north west Queensland mining city for a festival of world-class rodeo competition and live entertainment.

The McClymonts and Travis Collins will take to the Wardles Main Stage on Saturday night (August 11) while Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes headlines a lineup including The Wolfe Brothers, James Blundell, Tania Kernaghan, Brewn and Dee Jay Buxe performing in a 60th Birthday Bash concert live in the Buchanan Park arena on Sunday night (August 12).

Both Friday and Saturday night concerts are included in the rodeo ticket.

The Sunday night Live in the Arena concert is a separately ticketed event. This means the finals will finish slightly earlier (around 2.30pm), people will exit and those with concert tickets will immediately be let back in (if they wish) while a new stage is erected inside the arena.

The Sunday night concert acts are Jimmy Barnes, The Wolfe Brothers, James Blundell, Tania Kernaghan, Brewn and DJ Buxe playing between sets with a fireworks finale.

The Sunday concert ticket price is $49 for the concert (adult), but it can also be bought as part of your rodeo pass (ie entry to rodeo + concert).

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The Nyngan Community Hub are looking for expressions of interest in a workshop to create lanterns, which will feature in Dubbos Dream Festival Parade later this year.

The lantern making workshop, with 75 spots available, will be held on October 2 – 3. The cost of the workshop will be $35 each, with lanterns created during the workshop to feature in the Dream Festival held

“This is an exciting opportunity for our community and everyone is welcome to attend the workshop and the parade in Dubbo,” Organiser and Community Hubs Katie White said.

Ms White said anyone interested should not hesitate to contact her at the Community Hub.

The Dream Festival, which began in 2010, was established to celebrate the arts and showcase the cultural strengths of the region.

Dubbo Regional Council gives $40,000 to the festival each year and in 2017, a NSW government grant also provided $20,000 to help market the event across the state.

The Dream Festival will be held from October 18 to 28 and will be centred around the festivals values of striving for excellence, inclusiveness and bringing contemporary events to the country.

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Cobar Shire Mayor Lilliane Brady OAM has been awarded the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, for her unique and outstanding dedication and contribution to the Cobar community.

This year Local Government NSW (LGNSW) introduced the award to formally recognise exceptional service to local government by councillors who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities.

Upon receiving the award Councillor Brady said she was “surprised” and “privileged” to be given such an honour.

Its not an easy task to represent a shire which is the size of Tasmania, however Cr Brady says “its why Im here”.

“I believe Ive worked hard for the town, and local government is the closest thing for the people,” Cr Brady said.

Cr Brady first moved to Cobar with her husband Allan and her three children from Strathfield in the 1970s, and what was supposed to be only 12 months soon became 50 years.

“The towns wonderful to me and the people have been kind to me, what more can I ask for,” she said.

At times the town with a rich mining heritage and strong tourism values has been out-of-sight and out-of-mind for governments in Sydney and Canberra. However Cr Brady continues to be a driving force behind a number of projects in the shire including the Cobar Retirement Village.

She also continues to campaign for a new hospital, better infrastructure, and a fairer return of the mining royalties that flow from the town to the NSW Office of State Revenue.

Cr Brady said while she is the first female Mayor of the Western Division, she has never felt out of place, agreeing “all the men have been wonderful” and “really treated me like a queen.”

“Local government is about the person, not the gender.”

Local Government NSW president Linda Scott congratulated Cr Brady for her “unwavering passion and commitment to her community”.

“Since moving to Cobar Shire nearly 50 years ago, she has worked tirelessly for local people and been an outstanding champion for the local government area,” Ms Scott said.

“One legendary exchange came during a community cabinet meeting, in which a State Government Minister tried to divert her from her demands for Cobar with personal flattery.

“Lilliane more than had his measure, and snapped right back: Im here for finance, Minister, not romance.

“That anecdote illustrates her tenacity and refusal to take no for an answer, and Ministers at all levels of government have learnt not to underestimate her determination to get the best possible outcomes for the people of Cobar Shire,” she continued.

“Mayor Lilliane Brady is an absolute asset to the people of Cobar Shire and the local government sector as a whole, and we couldnt have asked for a better recipient of our first-ever LGNSW Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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Cabin Fever, July 13 to 22, mix of events over 35 venues in Margaret River and Busselton region, full program and tickets at cabinfeverfest.com.au

FRIDAY, JULY 13

Settlers Tavern: Tom Fisher and The Layabouts, 9.30pm, free

Caves House: Travis Caudle, 5.30pm, Mr & Mrs Smith, 7pm, free

The Ship Inn: Anchor to Anchor Friday the 13th Party, 9pm, free

The Prince of Wales: Orquesta Yambeque, 8pm, free

Amelia Park: Broadbent Brothers, 5.30pm, free

SATURDAY, JULY 14

Amelia Park: Bourbon and Blues featuring Doug and Cletus and Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, 6.30pm, tickets here

The Prince of Wales: Nautical Mile "Better Half Of Me" Launch, 8pm, free

The River: Cabin Fever Lock-In feat. San Cisco, 3pm, tickets from Oztix

Settlers Tavern: Orquesta Yambeque, 9.30pm, free

Dunsborough Tavern: Fingers Cullen, 9.30pm, tickets here

SUNDAY, JULY 15

The River: The Hunting Birds, 4pm, free

Settlers Tavern: RiverBugs, 3pm, free

Caves House: Guthrie Music, 5.30pm, free

Clancys Fish Pub: Your Girl Pho, 6pm, free

MONDAY, JULY 16

Caves House: Ganna Bogachova, 6.30pm, free

TUESDAY, JULY 17

Caves House: Jam Night, 7pm, free

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The Cabin Fever winter festival returns to the South West this month, with the final program revealing a huge selection of events at venues across the region.

Following a successful inaugural year the festival has expanded to take in more than 35 locations, including main street eateries, windswept vineyard landscapes and cosy art galleries with plenty of fireside events planned.

A Fireside Mulled Wine event at Jahroc on Saturday July 14 will feature Georgia Morgans bespoke sculptural fire pits and mulled wine from Swings Taphouse, while the talented troupe from Sugar Blue Burlesque will warm things up at Burger Baby with their Burgerlesque Academy on Thursday July 19.

One of 2017s most sought after Cabin Fever moments is back at Howard Park Wines, with Fondue by the Fire offering a lazy afternoon of cheese and wine around the fireplace with Cambray Sheep Cheese.

Settlers Tavern will once again host their Carpark Collective on Sunday July 22, where a family friendly day of entertainment is lined up in the specially-erected carpark marquee.

Cape Mentelles Bastille Day lunch, chef Mikihito "Miki" Nagais Sake Masterclass and Farm Fire Food by George Cooper are among the already-sold out ticketed events, joining the mysteriously-billed Secret Dinner, which despite no location, food or chef information, has sold out of its $150 per head ticket allocation.

Traditionally a quiet time for business operators in the region, the winter off peak period is becoming a popular choice for travellers to the South West. Along with ticketed events, a number of free entry events are also on offer in the region throughout the festival.

To view the program visit www.cabinfeverfest.com.au

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Parents of children starting school in 2019 are being urged to ensure their children are fully immunised.

The plea comes as the deadline for school enrolments approaches.

Department of Health medical adviser Professor Paul Effler said infectious diseases were capable of spreading quickly in the school environment.

He said to keep children healthy it was vital they stayed up to date with their vaccinations.

“It is a legislative requirement that a childs Australian Immunisation Register history is provided at enrolment into public school and most private schools also collect this information,” he said.

“The looming July 20 enrolment deadline for kindergarten and pre-primary makes this an opportune time to check your childs immunisation status.”

According to the Department of Healths Australian Immunisation Register Coverage Report from April 2017 to March 2018, the Augusta-Margaret River-Busselton region has one of the lowest coverage rates in WA.

The data shows the percentage of children immunised against hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenzae type b, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, pneumococcal, varicella and meningococcal C.

The report also shows the percentage of children that are fully immunised at age 12 months, 24 months and five years of age according to the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

For children aged 12 to 15 months, 90.48 per cent are fully vaccinated in Augusta-Margaret River-Busselton.

Only Fremantle, Mundaring and South Perth have lower percentages.

In the 24 to 27 month category, Manjimup has the lowest percentage at 83.9 per cent, followed closely by Mundaring on 84.51 per cent and Augusta-Margaret River-Busselton on 84.97 per cent.

Augusta-Margaret River-Busselton has the lowest percentage in regional WA for five-year-olds with 89.76 per cent fully vaccinated.

Several metropolitan suburbs have a similar figure and it is Belmont-Victoria Park which has the lowest coverage rate with 86.97 per cent of children who are fully vaccinated.

Professor Effler said immunisation rates had been rising in recent years in WA, reaching 93 per cent in 2017 for children assessed at 12 months and 5 years of age.

“This is really encouraging, but for optimal community protection we are striving for 95 per cent,” he said.

Professor Effler said childhood vaccinations through the National Immunisation Program were free, however parents were advised to check with their GP to see if an administration fee would be charged.

For information on where to get vaccinated and starting school, visit Visit HealthyWA.

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In the last instalment of his adventures, film-goers saw James Bond dice with death in the Austrian Alps.

Now in the same location, 3,000 metres above sea level, a museum dedicated to the world of the fictional spy has opened its doors.

After a vertiginous cable-car ride, visitors to the museum will be greeted by the sight of the futuristic, angular concrete structure jutting out of the sheer cliff-face, facing a panorama of dramatic peaks — the image of a secret agent's lair.

The "007 Elements" installation, which opened this week in Austria's Tyrol province, makes use of one of the standout locations of the last film in the franchise, 2015's "Spectre".

Several key scenes were shot in Sölden, one of Austria's most famous winter sports resorts, in the heart of the Alpine Ötztal valley.

The steel-and-glass clinic where Lea Seydoux's character works in the film is actually a gourmet restaurant next to the cable car station — which is now next to the museum. And the Ötztal Glacier Road played host to the chase between Daniel Craig's 007 and the perennial bad guys, against a backdrop of snowy peaks.

"We thought that having an association between this exceptional location and the James Bond brand would be fantastic," Jakob Falkner, head of the Bergbahnen Sölden ski-lift company and one of the project's architects, told AFP.

The installation has been designed in close collaboration with the UK film company that produces the franchise and aims to give visitors an audiovisual journey through the films.

Architect Johann Obermoser explains the Bond-esque determination that was required to build the space, with part of the 1,300-square-metre (14,000-square-feet) space dug directly out of the rock, leaving most of the rooms "inside the mountain, so that you see as little as possible from the outside".

"The idea was to feel the harshness of this landscape from inside, to feel the pressure that's brought to bear by the elements."

The temperature inside has to be kept below zero all year round, as the building would be at risk of collapse if the surrounding permafrost were to start to thaw.

It took just over a year to build the museum amid these hostile conditions, says Obermoser: "We had snow from August onwards; in November it was a metre (three feet) deep."

Inside, the museum comprises a tour of nine stages through darkened rooms and tunnels equipped with giant screens and mirrors to immerse the visitor in chosen scenes from the films.

"We wanted it to feel more like a live version of going to the movies," says Neal Callow, creative director of both the installation and most recent Bond films, adding that he has tried to recreate his work in film set design in the context of a museum, using architecture, light and sound.

Visitors will pass through the history of the franchise as represented by the different actors that have played Bond and some of the series' most recognisable locations, before being immersed in some of the action scenes and discovering the secrets of how they were filmed.

And this being a museum about James Bond there are of course plenty of gadgets to admire along the way: watches, a gold pistol, a robotic car.

And the piece de resistance? The plane from one of the most dramatic "Spectre" scenes, suspended in pieces in front of a glass wall, with the Alpine horizon behind.

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An artist's impression of Hinkley Point. Photo: HO/EDF ENGERY/AFP

A European Union court has dismissed a case brought by Austria against EU-approved subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain.

Anti-nuclear Austria challenges the European Commission's green light for the Hinkley Point C project before the Luxembourg-based EU court in 2015.

"The General Court confirms the decision by which the Commission approved the aid provided by the UK in favour of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station," the court said.

"The General Court accordingly dismisses the action brought by Austria," added the statement from the EU's second highest court.

Austria was backed by Luxembourg and nuclear activists while Britain was backed by Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

In a campaign against nuclear power in Europe, then Chancellor Werner Faymann argued in 2015 that state aid for nuclear power was not in the public interest.

But the court ruled on Thursday that it was up to an individual member state to decide what technologies were in the public interest, even if other member states disagreed.

"The Commission did not err in taking the view that the UK was entitled to define the development of nuclear energy as being a public-interest objective," it said.

The British government has stressed that Hinkley will be vital for the country's energy security as most of the existing nuclear stations were due to close before 2023.

The £19.6-billion ($26-billion, 22-billion-euro) project, which is to be built by French energy giant EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), is highly symbolic of the UK's nuclear renewal.

Austria has long campaigned against nuclear power, bolstered by a referendum in 1978 rejecting atomic energy.

Opponents of Hinkley Point see it as an unnecessary support of nuclear energy just as the use of renewables, such as wind and solar power, takes hold in Europe.

However, Austria is surrounded by nations keen to expand their nuclear facilities, including Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The court decision can be appealed before the European Court of Justice, the highest EU tribunal, as long as it is lodged within two months.

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