The iconic but controversial Melbourne Horse-drawn carriages will no longer be allowed in the Melbourne CBD.
License for the horse drawn carriages will no longer be issued, after Melbourne’s Lord Mayor spoke against the ‘cowboy’ operators, who disrespected road rules, endangering the horses, pedestrian & other motorists.
Photos of Melbourne’s horses and carriages can be seen below
10 Farming News Stories
- 180,000 tonnes of bio-solids are being processed by farms in New South Wales. The material comes from the sewerages of the area. The waste is also producing energy for the farms as it is processed in reactors.
- The Bob Brown foundation is throwing its weight behind a campaign to close down Salmon farms on the east coast of Tasmania, which it says will disrupt the local culture, heritage and environment.
- The Big Lobster, a South Australian attraction and restaurant, recently went to auction for $300,000. No bids were made.
- Animals Australia has launched an online petition against the treatment of prawns, which have their eye-stalks cut to speed up reproduction. The Australian Prawn Farmers association has said they maximise prawn comfort, in some cases using anaesthesia.
- A leading ecologist has called for Australians to eat more kangaroo meat. Their over-population is causing the vegetation to be depleted, destroying the habitat of other animals like birds.
- Tourism bodies are encouraging farms to start ‘paddock to plate’ tours to gain a larger section of the Asian tourist market. These tours involve tourists exploring the farm before eating its food.
- A team of young footballers from Leonora, WA, have been travelling more than 600km to play footy each weekend. Their isolated pastoral town team has a home ground 300km away.
- A 17 year old cattle farmer has borrow $200,000 of his parents money to start angus-and-Brahman herd. He now has 170 cattle and believes he’s well on the way to paying off his costs.
- The Sugar Research Institute has planted 175 different varieties of sugar cane in an experimental crop aimed at finding which variety will be most frost resistant.
- Bill Browning, a young man from Narromine, NSW, has made a 6 minute short film that’s gaining traction online. In it, Browning talks about the experience of finding his father after committing suicide. He hopes the film will help with awareness for rural communities.
24 incredible unused plane designs
These incredible designs were developed for aircraft that either never came to be, can’t yet be built, or don’t have any particular use.
But they do make for some fascinating photographs, illustrations and ideas.
Built in 1979, the NASA AD-1 proved that the wings of an aircraft could pivot quite dramatically without losing any of the planes’ stability.
The Stipa-Caproni was built in the 1930’s, with the propeller contained entirely within the fuselage. Although never put onto the production line, the aircraft worked and lead to the development of the jet engine.
The Nemuth Parasol was built by students of Miami University to prove that even a circular wing could keep an aircraft in flight.
The Vought V-173 was an experimental place developed by the US. It was able to fly exceptionally slowly.
The 281 Proteus was designed to be as efficient as possible in order to stay in the air as long as possible. This allowed the aircraft to act as telecommunication relays, though they later became obsolete with the development of unmanned aircraft.
The Blohm & Voss BV 141 was a German tactical aeroplane, notable for its asymmetry.
The Grumman X-29 was notable for its wings – which are attached to the body of the aircraft at the opposite angle to usual jet planes.
Designed for high speed, the Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster bomber placed propellers at the back of the plane to reduce drag effects.
The Sikorsky X-Wing aimed to combine the vertical lift of a helicopter with the forward speed of a jet plane. The project was dropped in 1988.
These blended wing planes where developed by Boeing, and were used to persuade NASA to arrange a contract with Boeing.
The Lockheed-Martin P-791 was designed to combine buoyancy with aerodynamic propulsion, allowing it to shift heavy cargo loads quickly.
The Russian Beriev Be-200 was a short-lived amphibious aircraft on a huge scale.
The White Knight Two is designed to carry spacecraft between the two fuselages and ferry them to the very edge of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was a ‘parasite fighter’ that was meant to be deployed from the bomb bay of a larger plane.
Nasa’s Super Guppy plane was designed to haul oversized cargo.
The ‘Pregnant Guppy’ was the Super Guppy’s predecessor.
The hulking Bartini Beriev VVA-14 was a soviet plane that employed vertical take-off.
The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar was developed by the US during the cold war in secrecy. The aircraft would have looked very much like a flying saucer, though it had severe overheating problems that prevented its practicality.
The Snecma Flying Coleoptere was a French experimental aircraft that could take of and land vertically, removing the need for a runway.
The De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle was designed to take a single soldier into difficult-to-reach areas for reconnaissance missions.
The Puffin was designed by Nasa to carry a single pilot.
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