New sponsor brings Tropfest back from the dead

The crowd settles in for Tropfest at Centennial Park last year. Photo: James AlcockLess than a month after a funding crisis forced it to be cancelled, Tropfest is back from the dead.
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On the day the iconic short film festival had been due to be held in Sydney’s Centennial Park, founder John Polson announced it would now take place in February with a new sponsor –CGU Insurance.

The company had come forward after the shock announcement last month that a debt “well into six figures” had led to the festival being scrapped.

“It’s been some pretty serious highs and lows over the past few weeks,” Polson said. “Probably more lows than highs but this is definitely a high.”

Polson said the company had signed up at a time he thought Tropfest was probably finished.

“I didn’t see a way to rebound from what had happened but there was a groundswell of support from all corners of Australia, from just people on the street to big businesses.”

Flanked by actor-director Simon Baker and the the finalists from both Tropfest and Trop jnr, Polson said the the festival would take place on February 14.

While he would not specify whether CGU was covering Tropfest’s debts as well as running costs, Polson said its backing was “certainly enough to say this event is happening”.

We’re back! #Tropfest returns on Feb 14 thanks to @CGUInsurancehttps://t.co/OntKLDF3dapic.twitter南京夜网/yPizgU81IH

— TROPFEST (@TROPFEST) December 5, 2015″People have had a bit of a wake-up call. Tropfest is an iconic event, a very important event in the cultural calender of Australia.”

Tropfest founder John Polson

The Premier’s enthusiasm was revealed in an Instagram post last week that said: “A great thing about having daughters: you can pretend THEY’RE the reason you are at the Taylor Swift concert.”

Also among the 16 finalists are documentaries on punk band Radio Birdman and former boxing world champion Jeff Harding and a slapstick animation about a pinata.

The irony of the new date is that Tropfest shifted from February to December to avoid the rain that had plagued the event at the end of summer.

“I’m not saying we’re going to land back in February after this,” Polson said. “But a lot of people seem very happy about February.

“We did move for a reason but then again, the weather is unpredictable. We got rained out in December last year.”

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GALLERY: Tomorrow’s champions today

GALLERY: Tomorrow’s champions today STARS OF TOMORROW: Toby Murphy gets a wicket. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
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STARS OF TOMORROW: Kirra-Lee Moir. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Thomas Madigan and Isaac Rodd. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Claudia Johnston. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Thomas Madigan. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Illona Beer. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Max Von Arnold. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Adam Pawsey. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Thomas Madigan and Henry Williams. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Harry Johnston. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Henry Williams. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: James Gregory. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Lachlan Hobbs. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Sam Cotter. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Arnie Tancred. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Dylan Reihana. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Ed Nutt. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Saxon Buckley. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Tom Mitchell. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Charlie Banham. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Luke Hunter. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STARS OF TOMORROW: Toby Murphy pacing out his run up. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

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Mentoring young scientists of future

Western Sydney University students have been matched with mentors from Sydney Water as part of an innovative Women in Science and Engineering(WiSE) program.
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Glenbrook resident Sandra Gamble, a member of Sydney Water’s executive in charge of corporate strategic functions,is mentoring Nikki Sperinck, a Bachelor of Science undergraduate at the WSU Parramatta campus.

The WiSE program has operated for three months and was created because engineering and science professions have a high turnover of women. Statistics also show many female students do not end up working in the engineering or science fields once they leave university.

Ms Gamble hasa Bachelor of Engineering (electrical) with honours and a Master of Business Administration.

“My main advice to Nikki was that there is a world of opportunity waiting for her. I encouraged her to figure out the possibility she wants for herself and then make it happen,” she said.

Show of support: Sandra Gamble, a member of Sydney Water’s executive in charge of corporate strategic functions, is mentoring university student Nikki Sperinck.

“I have been able to create an opportunity for Nikki to talk with people who have made science their career in a number of different ways, and for these people to become personal contacts.”

Ms Sperinck saidtheprogram hadhelped her understand how science fits into a corporate setting and was useful for networking with established scientists and engineers and seeing their lab techniques.

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Vanfest 2015 – your photos

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@wearesheppard Always appreciate having nice people on site! Most don’t realise how much work goes into putting on a festival, so shout out to all the people that make it possible. Thanks for having us

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Letters to the editor

CRUEL: RSPCA Victoria is urging people not to support puppy farms by buying dogs from pet stores or off the internet this Christmas.Think twice before buying a pet this ChristmasRSPCA Victoria is calling on the community to say “No” to buying puppies and kittens from pet shops or the internet this Christmas, which in turn will be saying “No” to intensive breeders and “No” to all the people involved in the cruel puppy and kitten factory chain.
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Puppy and kitten factory operatorsprepare well in advance for the Christmas market, force-breeding their dogs and cats in order to produce puppies and kittens for the unsuspecting Christmas-buying public. These breeding animals and their young will not be afforded any of the love and compassion that we associate with Christmas.

In addition to pet shops, the internet will be awash with Christmas puppies and kittens and the RSPCA urges you not to fall into the online trap – puppies and kittens sold via online classifieds are likely to have been bred in deplorable conditions in intensive breeding facilities, or by backyard breeders or even by foreign breeders who import them illegally.

This tradeincreases the likelihood of pets being abandoned, as it enables people to make quick and impulsive decisions to buy an animal without considering its background and health issues, or the long-term commitment, time and money needed to look after the animal properly.

If you are really ready for a pet, consider giving a second-chance to one of the many beautiful animals available for adoption or sponsor one of the RSPCA’s hundreds of animals that won’t have their new families over the festive season through the RSPCA’s Guardian Angel program.

You can also give a kind donation at our adoption centres across Victoria and purchase a wishing treebauble, writing your wish for the animals in our care.

The assessment process for companion animals at RSPCA shelters means that prospective owners can be assured of getting a great pet that suits their family and lifestyle.All animals are de-sexed, microchipped, vaccinated and cleared for adoption by a veterinarian and behaviourist.

For further information on how to be a responsible pet owner this festive season, please visit 梧桐夜网rspcavic.organd check out the RSPCA online smart puppy and kitten buyers guides.

Liz Walker, RSPCA Victoria animal care managerOrgan donors neededThe call is out for people to register to be an organ and tissue donor and talk to loved ones about their decision,after the latest Victorian statistics reveal a concerted effort is needed for the final weeks of the year to improveon 2014 donation numbers.

We are all striving to increase the number of life-saving transplants for seriously ill patients. More Victoriansregistering to become an organ and tissue donor can help us achieve this goal.

With close to 1600 people nationally on transplant waiting lists at any one time, the need for more organ and tissuedonors remains. We simply cannot become complacent about this life-saving community discussion. The festive seasonis a time when families come together, so now as much as ever, we’re encouraging people to talk about their donationdecision and to register.

Families will always be involved in end-of-life care of their loved one. When families are aware of the wishes of theirloved ones they are much more likely to support donation.

Research released by the Australian Organ and TissueAuthority in August shows 77 per cent of Victorians believe organ donation to be the ultimate act of generosity.

We look at every opportunity for donation as a precious gift.You are much more likely to need a life-saving transplant than you are to become a donor. If you haven’t told those closestto you that you want to be an organ donor, we urge you to do it today and register your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

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