Monthly Archives: December 2014

Hub Bellarine – www.hubbellarine.com

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HUB Bellarine …. Introduction                                                           21 December,2014

We believe people should be included in the processes and decisions that both shape and determine their present and future. Those with passion for the issues at hand should always be allowed and encouraged into the tent to have their conversations heard and respected.

As such, this brand new Website platform – hubbellarine.com – has been created to provide a readily available forum within which our community is encouraged to put forward their vision and views on topical issues.    In other words, a comprehensive, publicly available space within which which people like yourselves, living on and visiting The Bellarine region, are able to have their say.

What this Website platform is designed to achieve –

  • · Encourage and enable the community to identify and raise projects and issues for regular consultation through the process of open discussion topics .
  • · Encourage community feedback on multiple projects and issues and provide for multiple feedback options in the one online consultation.
  • · Enable an increase of the the demographic diversity of participants with an overall improved level of community participation.
  • · Encourage community feedback and create a sense of immediacy  within the limited time frame for each of the monthly consultations.
  • · Build a strong rapport between between community and Council through the capability and involvement of project team key staff and community input.

The range of issues is broad and covered under the following headings – Community Elements / Infrastructure / Projects / Localities.

Each month the key topics will be highlighted for your reference along with information and pointers as to where the past and present feedback is recorded.

This concept and strategy is vastly different to Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc. -          you manage the consultation process, with quantifiable outcomes, rather than just a series of ongoing chats with no actionable outcomes.

It will provide capacity for specific topic based, online consultations as well as for private panel and focus group consultations.

Overall, the monthly community panel will ensure the connection is maintained and strengthened through the frequency and diversity of use – designed to build an ongoing, engaged community with ownership of and accountability for the outcomes.

The HUB Suggestions category is there for your further input on how best this valuable platform may be further structured and shaped to improve its purpose.

Start now and Register on hubbellarine.com – the Registration column to the right of the page.

 

Hub Bellarine – www.hubbellarine.com

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HUB Bellarine …. Introduction                                                           21 December,2014

We believe people should be included in the processes and decisions that both shape and determine their present and future. Those with passion for the issues at hand should always be allowed and encouraged into the tent to have their conversations heard and respected.

As such, this brand new Website platform – hubbellarine.com – has been created to provide a readily available forum within which our community is encouraged to put forward their vision and views on topical issues.    In other words, a comprehensive, publicly available space within which which people like yourselves, living on and visiting The Bellarine region, are able to have their say.

What this Website platform is designed to achieve –

  • · Encourage and enable the community to identify and raise projects and issues for regular consultation through the process of open discussion topics .
  • · Encourage community feedback on multiple projects and issues and provide for multiple feedback options in the one online consultation.
  • · Enable an increase of the the demographic diversity of participants with an overall improved level of community participation.
  • · Encourage community feedback and create a sense of immediacy  within the limited time frame for each of the monthly consultations.
  • · Build a strong rapport between between community and Council through the capability and involvement of project team key staff and community input.

The range of issues is broad and covered under the following headings – Community Elements / Infrastructure / Projects / Localities.

Each month the key topics will be highlighted for your reference along with information and pointers as to where the past and present feedback is recorded.

This concept and strategy is vastly different to Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc. -          you manage the consultation process, with quantifiable outcomes, rather than just a series of ongoing chats with no actionable outcomes.

It will provide capacity for specific topic based, online consultations as well as for private panel and focus group consultations.

Overall, the monthly community panel will ensure the connection is maintained and strengthened through the frequency and diversity of use – designed to build an ongoing, engaged community with ownership of and accountability for the outcomes.

The HUB Suggestions category is there for your further input on how best this valuable platform may be further structured and shaped to improve its purpose.

Start now and Register on hubbellarine.com – the Registration column to the right of the page.

 

WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.


Introducing Twenty Fifteen

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Our newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.

Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.

The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.

Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.


Distraction-free writing

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Just write.

Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.


The Finer Points

Choose a language

Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

Log out everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

Vine embeds

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.

Plugin recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.


Under the Hood

Complex Queries

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).

Customizer API

The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.

<title> tags in themes

add_theme_support( 'title-tag' ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.

Developer Reference

Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.


The Choir

This release was led by John Blackbourn, with the help of these awesome folks. Check out some of their profiles while listening to Dinah Washington on the music service of your choice:

Aaron D. Campbell, Aaron Jorbin, Adam Silverstein, akumria, Alex Concha, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), Alex Shiels, Allan Collins, Amaury Balmer, Amruta Bhosale, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Munro (sumobi), Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Ryno, Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko, Ankit Gade, Ankit K Gupta, Anthony Burchell, arippberger, Austin Matzko, Bainternet, Barry Kooij, Ben Dunkle, Ben May, Bernhard Riedl, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), bobbingwide, Boone B. Gorges, Brady Vercher, Bram Duvigneau, Brandon Kraft, Brian DiChiara, Brian Richards, Brian Watson, Camden Segal, Captain Theme, Carlos, Caspie, ccprice, Charles Fulton, ChriCo, Chris Aprea, Chris Jean, Chris Marslender, Chris Reynolds, chriscct7, chrisl27, Christian Foellmann, Christopher Finke, Corey Snow, Corphi, curtjen, Damon Cook, Dan Cameron, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Convissor, Darren Ethier (nerrad), Daryl Koopersmith, Dave McHale, David A. Kennedy, David Cavins, David Herrera, David Laietta, David Wood, DavidTheMachine, Dennis Ploetner, Dion Hulse, Dirk Weise, Dominik Schilling, Dominik Schwind, Drew Jaynes, Dustin Filippini, Dustin Hartzler, Elio Rivero, Eric Binnion, Eric Holmes, Eric Lewis, Fabien Quatravaux, florianziegler, Gabe Shackle, Gary Cao, Gary Pendergast, Gennady Kovshenin, George Olaru, George Stephanis, Greg Rickaby, Gregory Cornelius, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), Gustavo Bordoni, hardy101, hauvong, Helen Hou-Sandí, heshiming, honeysilvas, hugodelgado, Ian Stewart, ianmjones, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), Ivan Kristianto, J.D. Grimes, jaimieolmstead, jakub.tyrcha, janhenckens, Janneke Van Dorpe, Japh, Jared Wenerd, jarednova, jeanyoungkim, Jeff Farthing, Jeff Stieler, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Herve, Jesin A, Jesper Johansen (jayjdk), Jesper van Engelen, Jesse Pollak, jipmoors, Joe Dolson, Joe McGill, John Eckman, johnrom, johnstonphilip, Jon Brown, Jon Cave, Jonathan Brinley, Jonathan Desrosiers, Joost de Valk, Jordi Cabot, Joshua Abenazer, JOTAKI Taisuke, jrf, Julien Liabeuf, Justin Sainton, Justin Sternberg, K.Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), kamelkev, karpstrucking, keesiemeijer, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Langley, Kiko Doran, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight, kitchin, Kite, Knut Sparhell, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kostas Vrouvas, kristastevens, Kurt Payne, Lance Willett, Laurens Offereins, linuxologos, Liuiza Arunas, loushou, Lutz Schroer, Manoz69, mantismamita, Marco Schmoecker, Mario Peshev, Marius (Clorith), Mark Hudnall, Mark Jaquith, Mark Senff, Marko Heijnen, marsjaninzmarsa, Matias Ventura, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Boynes, Matthew Haines-Young, mattkeys, Maura Teal, Mel Choyce, Mert Yazicioglu, Michael Adams (mdawaffe), Michael Arestad, Michael Beckwith, Michael Cain, Michael Pick, michalzuber, Michelle Langston, Miguel Fonseca, Mike Hansen, Mike Jolley, Mike Nelson, Mike Schroder, Mikey Arce, Mitch Canter (studionashvegas), Morgan Estes, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, mvd7793, Nashwan Doaqan, Niall Kennedy, Nick Halsey, Nikhil Vimal, Nikola Nikolov, nobleclem, noplanman, Nowell VanHoesen, OriginalEXE, p_enrique, Paul de Wouters, Paul Schreiber, Paul van Zyl, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, Peter Chester, Peter J. Herrel, Peter Westwood, Peter Wilson, Philip Arthur Moore, phpmypython, Pippin Williamson, Prasath Nadarajah, psycleuk, Ptah Dunbar, quietnic, Rachel Baker, Rami Yushuvaev, ramiabraham, Reuben Gunday, Rian Rietveld, Richard Archambault, Ricky Lee Whittemore, Robert Chapin, Rodrigo Primo, Ryan Boren, Ryan Kienstra, Ryan McCue, Sakin Shrestha, Sam Hotchkiss, Samuel Wood (Otto), Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, Sergey Biryukov, Shawn Hooper, Simon Pollard, Simon Wheatley, skaeser, Slobodan Manic, socki03, solarissmoke, Stephane Daury, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steve Grunwell, Sumit Singh, TacoVerdo, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyauchi, Tammie, Tareq Hasan, Taylor Lovett, Thomas Kraftner, Thorsten Frommen, Till, Tobias Schutter, TobiasBg, Toby McKes, Tom J Nowell, Tomas Mackevicius, TomHarrigan, Topher, Torsten Landsiedel, Tracy Levesque, transom, Travis Smith, Ty Carlson, Udit Desai, Umesh Kumar, Vinod Dalvi, vlajos, voldemortensen, Weston Ruter, Yoav Farhi, Yuta Sekine, Zack Rothauser, and Zack Tollman.

There were 283 contributors to this release, again a new high.

If you want to help out or follow along, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog.

Thanks for choosing WordPress. Happy holidays and see you next year for version 4.2!

WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate 3

The next release candidate for WordPress 4.1 is now available for testing.

Seventy changes have gone in since the first release candidate. With no known issues left, we plan to release 4.1 tomorrow, December 18.

To test, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the release candidate here (zip). If you’d like to learn more about what’s new in WordPress 4.1, visit the updated About screen in your dashboard ( ? About in the toolbar) and also check out the Beta 1 post.

Plugin authors: Remember to test your plugins against 4.1, and if they’re compatible, make sure they are marked as tested up to 4.1. Be sure to follow along the core development blog; we’ve been posting notes for developers for 4.1 as always.

WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate

The release candidate for WordPress 4.1 is now available.

We’ve made a lot of refinements over the last few weeks. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.1 on Tuesday, December 16, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 4.1 yet, now is the time! (Please though, not on your live site unless you’re adventurous.)

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.1 RC1, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip). If you’d like to learn more about what’s new in WordPress 4.1, visit the About screen in your dashboard ( ? About in the toolbar) or check out the beta announcement.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.1 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.1 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

Be sure to follow along the core development blog, where we’ll continue to post notes for developers for 4.1. (For example: if you’ve written a child theme for Twenty Fifteen, some of the new pagination functions have been renamed for clarity.)

Testing four point one
Why are we up at this hour?
Code is poetry

East Shore Geelong project

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A TRANSFORMATIONAL PLAN – A MAJOR ECONOMIC STIMULUS AND JOBS CREATOR FOR GEELONG WITH “ZERO” COST TO GOVERNMENT.

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“ Elms Partners Limited has developed what we call a “Transformational Plan” for the City of Geelong, a plan that contributes socially, economically and environmentally to the City.

In order to commence detailed analysis and planning work required to give effect to the “Transformational Plan”, the City of Greater Geelong has asked Elms Partners to assist with the preparation of this application for the grant of a small slice of Crown Land to be excised from the Eastern Gardens water front edge in Geelong. “

Lawrence Elms

Chairman and founder, Elms Partners

INTRODUCTION

This rare universal support has been achieved because the basis of the Transformational Plan creates an outstanding, fully funded, community benefit that includes;

• A world-class arena with convention and exhibition facilities,

• Substantial improvements and beautification of the Eastern Gardens,

• A hotel and serviced apartments, together with the generality of the plan to underpin and support increased Geelong and regional tourism,

• A highly desirable water front lifestyle precinct, including an increased number of marina berths that capitalizes on Geelong’s northerly facing Corio Bay frontage, and

• An express water taxi service that connects Geelong to Avalon, Melbourne and Frankston.

In combination, the sum of all the component parts of the Transformational Plan contributes to the economic, environmental and social sustainability of Geelong and the Region.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Transformational Plan has been developed with the objective of substantially contributing to Geelong’s economic prosperity and desirability through the catalyst of a comprehensive development thesis, the sum of which will transform Geelong and the wider Bellarine by including;

01:: Financial structuring, strategy and detailed analysis that integrates with the optimum master plan, and defines a complete build programme achievable at no cost to the public purse.

– A world class cultural and business landmark – the East Shore Centre to be retained as public property with an estimated net surplus in excess of $7.5 million per annum.

– Significantly enhanced public spaces including a privately owned and operated world- class hotel and serviced apartments,

– Privately owned shoreline residential apartments constructed on piers extending into the shallow water of Corio Bay

02:: Employment and flow-on business creation within the development project that ensures economically sustainable development.

03:: Differentiation of Geelong’s distinct character from Melbourne as a welcome lifestyle alternative.

04:: Iconic architecture that positions Geelong as a desirable destination in which to work|play|stay|live. G

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ECONOMIC BENEFITS

High level analysis of the economic impact focuses on the macroeconomic, flow-on effects of introducing more income into the local economy from external sources. Internal regional cash flows into the project (endogenous) are a substitution of local spending from one locus to another.

However, increased external (exogenous) spend will add to the pool of local wealth.

The Impact of Construction

· The total project cost is currently estimated at A$725,000,000

· The estimated number of jobs created during the construction phase is 830 of which 500 are local

· The estimated number of jobs created during the operational phase is direct employment 550 and indirect employment 800

· Over the construction period of approximately four years, we estimate the direct injection of funds into the economy from external sources to be roughly A$450,000,000.

· The estimated annual economic impact during the operational phase is $86,600,000

ACHIEVING THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PLAN WITHOUT NET GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT OF ANY KIND IS CENTRAL TO THE STRATEGY.

We intend to uncover the value inherent in the site to attract private investment on a scale that will pay for the entire development including the landmark East Shore Centre.

The East Shore Centre and all of its economic and social benefits will be a gift to the people of Geelong, and in addition they will have access to an exciting and vital new hub for the city.

Our plan includes landscaping the shoreline park areas, and providing a promenade that houses vibrant cafes, bars, and restaurants. This too will become a major asset to the city at no cost to the ratepayer.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

01:: Transformation of the waterfront adding a vibrant new dimension to the city’s character.

– State of the art infrastructure with an emphasis on a waterfront lifestyle and leisure precinct to match the best in the world.

– Public parks devised around the principals of genius loci, including public space features, sculptures and art.

02:: An iconic venue to host entertainment, business and education events.

03:: A “zero” cost to government on the basis of our plan and yet it is a major economic stimulus and jobs creator.

04:: An increased sense of city pride.

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VISITOR BENEFITS

01:: Contemporary landmarks and World-Class Hotel

02:: Positive change in perceptions of Geelong

03:: Greater visibility of investment opportunities in Geelong

04:: More reasons to visit and stay in Geelong

05:: A greater experience in Geelong

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SURPLUS TO GOVERNMENT

01: The transformation of Crown Land achieving the required development approvals based on a coherent master plan creates land value conservatively estimated at $120,000,000 and as high as $140,000,000.

02:: We propose the realized value of the master planned buildable area will be invested in the necessary infrastructure, public place making, recreational facilities and the capital costs of The East Shore Event Centre.

03:: The East Shore Centre managed and operated efficiently will deliver an ongoing positive cash flow to the City. The significant residential and commercial components will also increase rate revenues to the City, however this plan does not assume or rely on any net increase in rate revenues.

Further development potential outside the water front precinct envisaged by the Transformational Plan could also be realised through capital raising financed by cash flow from the East Shore Centre.

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THE GEELONG OPPORTUNITY :: LOCAL CONTEXT

Positioning Geelong as a waterfront lifestyle destination and events centre gives definable purpose to the downstream master plan ideas we have generated.

Elms Partners objectives are based on some key principals;

01:: Activating the Geelong waterfront to create an unmatched, purpose designed, culture and lifestyle precinct in Australia.

02:: Giving emphasis to the parkland by activating its edge and definition.

03:: Creating a place making architectural statement for the East Shore Events Centre.

04:: Aid the City’s efforts in attracting inward investment and further development.

05:: Creating a boulevard, anchored by the East Shore Events Centre and creating a vibrant retail and entertainment strip.

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France jumps feet first into tidal energy, offshore wind to come 2015

By Joshua Hill on 4 December 2014

CleanTechnica

A round of government leasing for tidal pilot projects in France completed this week, with companies including GDF Suez, Alstom, and EDF among the big winners.

And the announcement of this round of tidal projects comes at the same time as France’s government promised another offshore wind leasing round some time in 2015.

A joint venture between GDF Suez and Alstom was awarded the go-ahead to build a pilot tidal stream project in France Tuesday, while a second group consisting of EDF, DCNS, and OpenHydro were also awarded a contract to install seven turbines of 2 MW each.

Both projects are set to be located in the Raz Blanchard, and are the result of a Call for Expressions of Interest announced back in September of 2013 as part of France’s Programme des Investissements d’Avenir.

“Thanks to this project, Alstom technology will be in a position to demonstrate its efficiency, its optimised costs and its maintainability, a necessary prerequisite to considering any future move towards a commercial phase on a larger scale,” said Jacques Jamart, Alstom Senior Vice-President in charge of new energies.

These latest approvals will give Alstom a chance to test its Oceade 18 1.4 MW tidal turbine under installation and operational conditions similar to those in commercial facilities.

A team of 80 Alstom engineers have been working on the Oceade turbine prototype, and this pilot farm in conjunction with GDF Suez represents a “decisive step towards setting up commercial operations in tidal energy.”

 

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For complete detail and graphics – http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/france-jumps-feet-first-tidal-energy-offshore-wind-come-2015