The Commons Hobart aiming to be China’s first truly “carbon positive” building

A line of architect-designed, super-sustainable, mid-rise residential buildings are growing into an interesting family of developments known as The Commons. The next will emerge in Hobart when an eight-level, nine-star-energy-rated structure comes out of the ground on the edge of the business district.
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The Commons Hobart, which has ambitions to be not only energy neutral but to become ‘s first truly “carbon positive” building, will have 30 one, two and three-bedroom apartments that face north and give all buyers power-producing sun exposure along with superb views of Mount Wellington.

Like the original Commons in Brunswick, that in 2013 scooped many awards in design and sustainability competitions, the Hobart project brings together another crack creative team.

Proven “deep green” builder, St Kilda-based Small Giants Developments, and an award-winning Hobart architectural firm, Core Collective, see the black trellis-faced building – that will become entwined with greenery – as an exciting project.

The credentials of a structure that will be measured for its carbon footprint, from the moment the 450-square-metre corner site in Bathurst Street is demolished, to the actual sustainable contribution, is apt in a town “that has a lot of climate change research going on”, says Core Collective’s Chris Clinton. Related: Melbourne’s Nightingale precincts a model worth replicatingRelated: How to live green in an apartmentRelated: Some our most creative architects come from Tasmania

“Hobart is the launch place of ‘s Antarctic science and there are already a lot of very educated people here. So because of the big claims (for the building), we’ve got to get it right.”

With the apartments being priced from $350,000 for one-bedroom units to $815,000 for three bedrooms, early marketing indicators reveal locals have engaged with the offering.

“In Hobart, where a lot is happening with talk of a lot of tall and quite controversial new high-rises, The Commons is a departure,” says Clinton. “It’s being designed for a 100-year lifespan.”

Hobart’s Commons is also being designed to socially connect its future occupants.

Along with the shared roof space and laundry there will also be a multi-purpose studio space “that can be used for things like cooking and yoga classes”.

And beyond the proprietary residents, the building is also seeking to give back to the street, with ground-level commercial spaces and a cut-out corner that Clinton says “is still part of the building but that will become a pocket park that the public can use”.


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University of Wollongong research will look into access to high-quality cannabis

HIGH-ORDER THINKING: The study will look into medicinal cannabis use.Access to consistent cannabis products will be one of the main focus areas as Wollongong joins Newcastle university as leaders in a new study of medicinal marijuana.
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The University of Wollongong’s Professor Nadia Solowij will be the co-leader of the new n Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE), which will be established by $2.5 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Newcastle’sco-leaderProfessor Jenny Martin said people had difficulty accessingreliable, consistent and clinically suitable cannabis products that are safe and effective.

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“Recent legislation has improved the situation but appropriate research is needed to enable evidence to guide doctors on products and dosages that are safe and effective,” Professor Martin said.

University Of Wollonogng Professor Nadia Solowij. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

ACRE will undertake medical cannabinoid research, consolidate existing data into guidance, and link health outcomes from people currently accessing local and imported products to guide plant growing and product formulation into appropriate medicines.

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“At this critical juncture where legislation around cannabis and cannabinoids is rapidly changing in and worldwide, there is tremendous opportunity for to establish world leadership in cautious and appropriately balanced management of the implementation of medicinal cannabinoids into specialist and primary health care settings,” Professor Solowij said.

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Robert Dillon: Sporting Declaration

DAZED AND CONFUSED: Sione Mata’utia receives treatment after a head knock this season. He has suffered multiple concussions in the past two years.The club will make no further comment at this stage.
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Any time a statement on the Newcastle Knights’ website culminates in that paragraph, Sporting Declaration can’t help suspecting that there must be more to the story. Further information, in other words, that Knights officials would prefer to keep under wraps.

It’s the equivalent of saying: “Move on please, there’s nothing to see here, and for goodness sake don’t bother us with awkward questions, because it’s none of your business.”

The “no furthercomment” line seemed to be trotted out on a weekly basis during Nathan Tinkler’s reign of error. Ever since then, almost as a default reaction, it continues to pique my curiosity, although maybe I’m too eager to subscribe to a conspiracy theory.

There haven’t been many “no further comment” episodes in recent times, which is perhaps why I was surprised last week to find it as a footnote to a media release confirmingKnights co-captain Sione Mata’utia had been “rested” from representing Samoa at the World Cup “as a precaution”.

The Knights certainly left it until late in the piece to rule out Mata’utia and new signing Tautau Moga. Samoa had actually named both in their squad, only to receive belated notification that neither were available.

“It’s disappointing when a player tells you the night before you pick the team he’s fine and then they pull out after talking to their club,”Samoa coach Matt Parishsaid last week. “I don’t want to be too critical of Newcastle but …”

Parish added that Samoan officials ”were led to believe both players were fit”.

In the case of Moga, who this week posted a photoon social media of himself recovering in hospital after shoulder surgery, it would appear Parish may have underestimated the former Brisbane centre’s injury.

The Mata’utia situation is far more complex.

The dynamic back-rower was stood down from Newcastle’s final two matches of 2017, after suffering a head knock playing against Melbourne –his fifth known concussion of the past two seasons.

It was expected he would be cleared for the World Cup, on the basisthat there would be a nine-week gap between his last game for Newcastle and Samoa’s tournament opener.

But after an array of scans and consultations with specialistsin Newcastle and Melbourne, the Knights pulled him out.

Given that Mata’utia felt it was “ridiculous” that he was not allowed to play in the final two rounds of the NRL season, after he had apparently complied with concussion protocols, it would seem fairto assume he is frustrated about missing the World Cup, especially as it might have been his last chance to play alongside his elder brother Peter, who has signed with Leigh Centurions.

If Newcastle have erred on the side of caution to safeguard Mata’utia’s welfare, that would appear a sensible policy. But the bottom line is that if there was nothing wrong with him, he would be playing for Samoa.

And therein lies the dilemma for Knights officials, and perhaps the reason behind their “no further comment” position.

Mata’utia rates as arguably Newcastle’s most valuable playing asset.

He is the youngest-ever Kangaroos representative and no 21-year-old in the NRL can match his tally of 67 first-grade games. He has the potential to become one of the great players of his generation, someone who can lead Newcastle into a new golden era.

Off contract at the end of next season, preliminary talks about an extension reportedly kicked off months ago. In normal circumstances, Knights officials would be eager to tie him up to a new, long-term deal as soon as possible. But now there is more to consider than just his on-field ability.

The Wests Group have already shown their concern about the issue of concussion and liability, demanding,before they agreed to take over the Knights, that the NRL indemnify them against any historic cases.

In particular, they were referring to James McManus, who is suing the Knights in the Supreme Court for their handling of a number of career-ending concussions that he claims left him with a “traumatic” brain injury.

As of November 1, Wests will be sole owners of the Knights and Mata’utia’s next contract will be signed on their watch.

Nobody can be sure when, or if, he will be troubled by concussion again. Hopefully he enjoys a long and prosperous career and some point gets to hold aloft a premiership trophy for the Knights.

But what if, in the first game next season, he is again knocked out?What if, as was the case with McManus and other players such as Liam Fulton and Nigel Plum, the cumulative effects of head knocks prematurely curtail his career?

It’s a worst-case scenario Wests will surely have to consider because, as was shown when Anthony Watmough retired at Parramatta, insurance companies are loath to offerpayouts if they can establish evidence of a pre-existing condition.

All of which must be a concern for Knights management on a number of fronts. And while “no further comment”is their public position, behind the scenes it is likely a top topic of conversation.


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Power game: Motlop nominates Port but wait for Watts

Geelong free agent Steven Motlop has declared Port Adelaide as his preferred new club from next season in a move that could impact other trades.
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Motlop, 26, had been considering a major offer from Adelaide, and had twice met with Gold Coast, but confirmed on Friday that he hoped to continue his career with the Power and accept what is understood to be a four-year deal.

The Power lodged paperwork with the AFL, giving the Cats three days to consider whether they would match the offer for the restricted free agent. It’s almost certain the Cats won’t do that, ensuring they receive a compensation pick.

The Power have been active through the trade period, securing free-agent Tom Rockliff from the Brisbane Lions and allowing Jarman Impey to join the Hawks, and Jackson Trengove to join the Western Bulldogs.

Motlop’s move will give the Cats greater financial room to trade for Gary Ablett, and complete other deals. The Cats have twice met Melbourne’s Jack Watts, who is also weighing up an offer from the Power. Watts has left for an overseas holiday.

Watts was said to have been impressed with the Power’s pitch but his manager Paul Connors told Fairfax Media on Friday that his client had yet to nominate his club of choice amid reports he had chosen the Power.

The Motlop family has a rich history with the Power, for Steven’s brother Daniel played 83 games while his cousin Marlon also played five games.

Motlop played 135 games and booted 175 goals for the Cats, who are likely to get a second-round compensation pick. This pick could be used as part of another deal.

Compensation picks are tied to a club’s original draft pick and so would be after the Cats’ pick at 34 and not the earlier second-round pick the Cats have at 21 – a pick they received from Carlton as part of the Zach Tuohy deal last year.

AFL trades, free agency: paperwork lodged.

The decision by Motlop to choose the Power over a slightly superior financial offer from Adelaide is expected to impact the Crows’ thinking on a trade, allowing Charlie Cameron to join Brisbane. The contracted small forward had asked for a trade for family reasons.

The Lions have pick 19 in the national draft – compensation for Rockliff joining the Power – and that could still form part of an offer to the Crows. But Adelaide’s decision to trade or not to trade is likely to be influenced by Motlop’s decision.

The decision could also force the Crows into reconsidering their position on launching a bid to lure Bryce Gibbs from Carlton.

Crows list manager Justin Reid has been firm that the club was not pursuing Gibbs but that position was considered likely to be reviewed in light of moves made this week.

The Power are also open to ruckman Matthew Lobbe moving clubs despite having two years remaining on his contract.

Lobbe, denied opportunity because of Patrick Ryder’s emergence as a dominant ruckman, has managed only 25 matches in the past three years.

Lobbe met the Suns and Brisbane Lions in Melbourne on Friday.

Power football-department chief Chris Davies said the club would work with Lobbe to help him find greater opportunity elsewhere.

Jake Stringer remains in limbo, with the Western Bulldogs trying to come to terms with missing out on pick 11 from Essendon as part of a deal for their outcast forward.

Essendon are still eager to secure Stringer and will seek to do so by bundling together two second-round draft picks – either both from this year or one from next year’s draft – and possibly shifting around some picks later in the draft.

Given the Dogs were firm on receiving pick 11 for Stringer and rejected a strong offer from the Dons prior to them trading that pick as part of an exchange with GWS for Devon Smith, it would be a difficult offer to now accept from Essendon.

However, two second-round picks in the 20s might be able to be bundled together by the Bulldogs and on-traded to try to secure an earlier draft pick.

Essendon is likely to trade a future pick to Gold Coast for Adam Saad. His manager Marty Pask insisted on Friday that Saad would join the Bombers.

Carlton and the Giants remain in negotiations over inside midfielder Matt Kennedy but a deal has yet to be struck with other clubs retaining an interest if talks fail. A deal is expected to be done.


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Banks bolts into Wallabies contention after Baabaas call up

ACT Brumbies fullback Tom Banks will get a chance to launch a last-minute bid for a spot on the Wallabies’ tour of Europe when Test selection goes on the line in an exhibition match in Sydney.
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Banks and Brumbies skipper Sam Carter were named in the Alan Jones’ Barbarians squad to play against the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium on October 28.

It will be the final match before the Wallabies start a four-Test trip to Japan, Wales, England and Scotland.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has thrown down the challenge to Barbarians players to prove their worth, saying he will delay announcing a tour squad until after the match.

Banks looms as a bolter after being called into the Wallabies training group last month and enjoying a breakout Super Rugby season in Canberra.

Carter is also trying to force his way back into Test contention after being left out of Cheika’s squad for the Rugby Championships.

“Banksy has come a long way from the pre-season and we really saw what he could do towards the end,” Carter said.

“I’ve got no doubt he’s ready for this next step up. There are a lot of blokes who have a chance to show what they’ve got in this game against the Wallabies.

“Everyone who is in contention or wants to show they’re in contention is going to do everything they can to stick it to the Wallabies players in their position.”

Jones, who led to grand slam glory in 1984, was a mentor to Carter’s father, David, when he was starting his rugby career.

But Jones will now take charge of a young group of forgotten Wallabies who are trying to show Cheika what he’s missing.

Sam Carter will play for the Vikings on Sunday. Photo: Rohan Thomson

“You play to win and we will be playing to win, there is no mistake about that,” Jones said.

“We have an obligation to the players when we’re bringing them from all over the world to make sure that they understand we’re fair dinkum. There has been a bit of a tradition where the Barbarians is a bit of a holiday and there’s plenty to drink and so on.

“That would be doing a disservice to the tradition of the Barbarians and also to the people who are coming through the turnstiles. We don’t want any Nick Kyrgioses playing for us here.”

Quade Cooper will captain the Barbarians side while Brumbies recruit Isi Naisarani and former Western Force captain Matt Hodgson will also play.

Giant lock Richie Arnold could be set for a confusing showdown with his twin brother, Brumbies second-rower Rory Arnold, for the first time in their careers.

Richie will play for the Barbarians while Cheika could call on Rory for the game as he fights to keep his spot for the spring tour.

Carter is trying to reignite his international career after falling out of favour with Cheika and being dropped from the Test squad after a mid-year series.

The 28-year-old will return from a two-week break to play for the Canberra Vikings against the Sydney Rays at Viking Park on Sunday.

He will then turn his attention to the Barbarians game and trying to earn a spot in the second-row rotation.

“The beauty of these types of games is that it gives guys a chance to prove they can handle international rugby,” Carter said.

“I remember I played against the Barbarians in one of [Cheika’s] first games for the Wallabies and I got to play for the Barbarians last year.

“I’m really excited. It’s a chance to get out in front of a big crowd. It’s a hell of an experience.”

Barbarians 24-man squad: Anaru Rangi, Andrew Ready, Augustine Pulu, Chance Peni, Eto Nabuli, George Moala, Isi Naisarani, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Koteka, Luke Jones, Matt Hodgson, Matt Philip, Michael Ruru, Pek Cowan, Quade Cooper, Richard Arnold, Sam Carter, Sam Greene, Sam Ward, TanielaTupou, Taqele Naiyaravaro, Theo Strang, Tim Nanai-Williams, Tom Banks.


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