Keith Urban, Canberra

Multi-Grammy and ARIA Award winning artist Keith Urban’s eighth studio album RIPCORD is a 13-track, heartfelt collection of songs, including “The Fighter”, featuring Underwood, and is the result of collaborations with an eclectic group of Award-winning writers and co-producers.

Keith Urban, Canberra 2016 © Andrew Hennell

The RIPCORD album continues Urban’s decade-plus of top ten hits, cementing him as the artist with the longest continuous streak of such hits on the Billboard country charts.

“The last time we brought our tour to Australia the energy level was off the hook – unlike anything that we’d ever seen before,” said Urban. “And I can tell you now, that the music on this album RIPCORD, is born of and made for playing live. It’s gonna go to a whole other level and I can’t wait to get it airborne!!”

Keith Urban, Canberra 2016 © Andrew Hennell

With those expectations, I headed to Canberra’s GIO Stadium to see what the fuss was about. Wow was I in for a huge concert.

Opening with his latest high-energy hit, “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)” the audience was instantly propelled into what was a non-stop, electrifying roller-coaster ride featuring world class production and a set-list jammed with his biggest hits – no wonder he is known as one of the industry’s best live performers.

Keith Urban, Canberra 2016 © Andrew Hennell

Urban played well-known hits including “Long Hot Summer”, “Break on Me”, “Somewhere in My Car”, “
Days Go By”, and the audience went absolutely nuts when Carrie Underwood returned to the stage to join Keith for “
The Fighter”. The duo then offered a spine-tingling rendition of the Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty song “Stop Draggin”
, before Urban launched into more well-known hits including “You Look Good in My Shirt” and “
Somebody Like You”

Keith Urban, Canberra 2016 © Andrew Hennell

Rounding out the main set with “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “
Wasted Time” the audience were screaming for more, and again Urban didn’t disappoint with a strong three-song encore.

Many know Urban from when he was a judge and mentor on ‘The Voice’, while many others remember him as a young Australian country star trying to make it here before following his dreams to Nashville. Well, Urban has made it – this is as polished a performance as any megastar offers. You don’t have to love country music to enjoy a Keith Urban concert – his live shows are a high-energy explosion of brilliant lighting, effects and great sound to match that will thrill any concert goer.

Keith Urban, Canberra 2016 © Andrew Hennell

Keith Urban, Canberra 2016 © Andrew Hennell

Keith Urban, Canberra 2016 © Andrew Hennell

Grab Keith’s latest album on iTunes!

African refugees reinvigorating rural Mingoola in social experiment to boost ageing community – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A radical grassroots resettlement plan has transformed an ageing rural community, bringing together two groups with very different problems.

In the tiny township of Mingoola, on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, local woman Julia Harpham was grappling with a common problem in rural communities.The population was in decline, enrolments at the local primary school were down and farmers could not find labourers to help with manual work.

Her town was dying before her eyes.”Many of us have children who work in the city and aren’t going to come back to the farm because things have been so tough on the land,” Ms Harpham said.

“You don’t like to see a community die. And there’s not much joy in a place with no children.”

Three years ago the local progress association decided to take a leaf from the region’s migrant past and looked for refugees willing to move to the area.

Source: African refugees reinvigorating rural Mingoola in social experiment to boost ageing community – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

True tales of Tasmania’s wild cattle of Pelion Plains

In the 1930s it was not snakes, tigers or bushrangers that terrified people venturing into central Tasmania — it was the wild cattle of Pelion Plains.

But unlike legends of big cats roaming the wilderness, the stories of aggressive beasts in the Central Highlands are firmly based in reality.

Early last century, Pelion Plains, north of Lake Saint Clair in central Tasmania, was renowned for its luscious grassy plains.

Read more: True tales of Tasmania’s wild cattle of Pelion Plains

Hema HN-7 GPS unit

About a year ago we decided we needed a good, high-quality GPS for our frequent trips around the state for the magazine.

We needed a GPS that was easy to use, fast, clear and most importantly accurate. We do a lot of dirt roads and we don’t want to end up in trouble because a cheap GPS told us to ‘turn left’.

After reviewing several units we opted for the Hema HN-7. This unit sports a big 7” screen and gave us perfect navigation, and handled our weird route changes with ease.

Even better, it came pre-loaded with Hema’s topographic maps and special off-road map viewing software with a host of snazzy features.

This one Hema HN-7 unit now provides us with accurate navigation anywhere in Australia, from the city streets to the depths of the deserts to the high country.

If that wasn’t enough, it also came loaded with ‘Camps 8’ showing over 6000 camp listings. It has photos of most listings and you can see at a glance the facilities each camp site offers.

I did have one issue tho, it seems my in-car USB port was playing up and not giving enough power for the unit. I sent the unit back to Hema for a checkup, and for a low fee they upgraded all the maps, replaced the battery, and gave it a thorough check up. They called me to discuss how I was using it, and upon hearing I’d lost the original USB charger they supply they sent me another free of charge. Since using it I’ve had not one single problem.

If you need a high-quality, accurate GPS that’ll get you to and from anywhere in Australia you simple cannot go past the Hema HN-7.

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