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Simple ways to cut your energy bill and save money

Simple ways to cut your energy bill

A Newspoll survey conducted late last year showed many Australians plan to keep rising energy prices in check by closing curtains, washing clothes in cold water and taking shorter showers – but how much does any of that actually affect the average power bill? Apparently, quite a bit.

By matching the five most popular energy-saving strategies with some ballpark dollar savings based on the National Australian-Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), it was found the average three-person household can save hundreds of dollars a year.

Put simply – simple changes can lead to big savings on your power bill.

Of course, all of this varies depending on which state you live in, how you use power, and exactly how you implement each strategy in your home. But whichever way you look at it, there are plenty of opportunities to reduce your utility bill with just a few behavioural changes.

1. Closing curtains/blinds: $55 p.a.

Windows are a home’s biggest sources of heat in summer (and cold in winter) so the 89 per cent of Newspoll respondents who plan to close blinds and curtains can expect to save around $55 this year according to the NSW Government’s Save Power website.

Effective window insulation includes:

- Shading windows and skylights during the day as much as possible

- Lined curtains and close-fitting Holland and/or Roman blinds instead of vertical blinds, conventional or timber Venetians

- External blinds or awnings on north, east and west windows

- Keeping doors and windows closed during the day as much as possible

- When the temperature drops at night, opening doors and windows up.

With window glazing, you can save even more. If the cost of double-glazing looks a bit steep, consider secondary glazing (fitting a membrane to the window) instead.

Heating or cooling the whole house can be expensive. Where possible, shut doors to areas you are not using and only heat or cool the rooms you spend the most time in.

Make sure your curtains or blinds seal your windows properly, and keep your curtains closed at night, and during the day when there is a heat-wave. Block draughts around doors and windows to stop air leaking out, or in.

Of course, it helps if you’ve got effective house insulation. Energy retailer AGL estimates efficient insulation can bring the temperature down by up to 7 degrees in summer, and increase it by 10 degrees in winter, slicing more than $100 off your power bill every year.

Simple ways to cut your energy bill

2. Washing clothes in cold water, drying on line/rack: $380 p.a.

Washing your clothes in cold water can save $115 per year

AGL says that cold water has been ‘scientifically proven’ to be just as effective as hot water when it comes to washing clothes, and Save Power calculates the cost saving at $30 or more per year.

You can save another $30 per year if your machine is a front-loader with a 5-star energy rating.

But the real savings kick in when you cut back on clothes dryers. These energy thieves can use more power over the course of a year than a reasonably energy-efficient fridge, and cutting them out can save a whopping $350. Dry outside or on a rack instead – apart from being budget-friendly, it’s a whole lot kinder to your clothes too.

If you do need to use the dryer, AGL recommends setting it to warm rather than hot – it takes a little longer but uses less energy.

Bear in mind the cold water rule doesn’t apply to dishwashers – hot water is more efficient when it comes to dishes.

3. Being quick in and out of the fridge: $25 p.a.

Running your fridge efficiently can save about $25 per year. That means making sure it’s set to the right temperature (fridge at 4°C, freezer at -18°C), has decent sealing and is kept closed as much as possible.

Fridges use more power when they’re empty than when they’re full so if you’ve got a second fridge, turn it off and leave the door ajar when you don’t need it. Giving it a rest for six months of the year could take another $130 off your bill.

And if it’s time to upgrade, you’ll find an energy-efficient model pays itself off before long by reducing power bills by about $145 per year.

Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can't escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius. If you have a second fridge or freezer, only turn it on when you need it.

4. Taking shorter showers: $105 p.a.

Shaving three minutes off shower times can save a three-person household about $105 a year – or much more if your house is still running an electric water heater.

“Electric water heaters account for around 25 per cent of a household’s energy use,” says Stephen Cranch from Solahart, an Australian solar water heater manufacturer.

“Switching to a solar water heater will reduce water heating energy consumption by 50-90 per cent,” he says – he says, and according to Save Power, reduce your annual power bill by about $150.

Plus, the Federal Government is planning to phase out electric water heaters from 2012, so rebates are also available for households needing to upgrade.

5. Switching appliances off at the power socket: $125 p.a.

Up to 10% of your electricity use could be from gadgets on standby

It’s estimated that standby power contributes about 10 per cent of every power bill, so switching things off at the wall can save $125 or more a year.

And it’s not just computers and appliances. Even chargers use power when they’re not connected to our phones, iPads, razors and toothbrushes, and the digital clock on our microwaves can cost more to run than the cooking function itself.


6. Set your Air Con

Every degree above 20 degrees can add 10% to your heating bill

In summer cooling can account for over 30% of your bill. Set your air conditioner between 24 and 27 degrees. Every degree above 24 can add 10% to your cooling bill. In winter, set your air conditioner to 21 degrees or above.

7. Turn heaters and coolers off when you don't need them

Turn off when you leave the room, or go to bed. With some ducted heating systems you can turn off the heating in the rooms that are unoccupied. Make sure all your heating or cooling is turned off when you leave the house.

8. Insulate your roof

An insulated ceiling makes a big difference to your energy bills. If you already have insulation installed, check that it is properly installed and has the right rating (measured in 'R-value'). In Victoria, insulation rated R3.5 or higher should be used for ceilings.

9. Save energy in the kitchen

Thaw frozen food in your fridge to reduce cooking time. When you are cooking, use the microwave when you can – it uses much less energy than an electric oven. If you use the stove, keep lids on your pots to reduce cooking time. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and only run it when it's full.

10. Use energy-efficient light globes

Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient globes. Energy-efficient globes save power and last longer. Light globes can sometimes be replaced for free or at reduced cost.

But awareness goes a long way. All up, you can reduce your bills by close to $700 without sacrificing comfort or refitting your home.
Source: www.smh.com.au, www.yonderr.com.au

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Fighting the good fight against tooth decay

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Karuna Khatri, dental camp co-ordinator Bishnu Shrestha and Pascale Pocock at their hotel in Kathmandu before setting out on their trip.

Here at Village  Buzz we've been reporting on our community for a long time but are still constantly amazed at the interesting and valuable things that our people find to get up to.

We came across a case recently when we heard that Winsor local Pascale Pocock, a dental assistant, had just returned from Nepal. She and her employer Dr. Karuna Khatri had been on a trip to remote areas in the country to provide urgently-needed dental treatment to the villagers there.

Karuna, the owner of the Dental Pearls dental practice in Brisbane, has been traveling to underprivileged areas for the last 10 or 11 years to provide dental services to people who would otherwise have to live with the pain of a toothache.


Karuna Khatri and Pascale Pocock hard at work on a Nepalese patient.

She initially worked in India but for the last three years has spent two weeks in Nepal every year. She was accompanied by her assistant Pascale for the first time last year and the intrepid pair repeated went again in September this year.

The trips are organized by the Rotary World Community Service in Sydney and are facilitated by a Nepalese NGO which provides transport, equipment, and a local dentist to accompany them. The NGO prepares the ground by visiting the area and negotiating with village heads to obtain permission to hold clinics in local schools or sheds.

Karuna and Pascale flew into Kathmandu on their recent trip where they were teamed up with Nepalese dentist Biplop Adhikari and set out for their first clinic at a remote village. Nepal is a mountainous country and Karuna, in a masterpiece of understatement, described the roads they encountered as 'interesting'.

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Pascale Pocock gives village school children dental hygiene hints.

On arrival at a scheduled stop, the dentists set up their portable equipment and began treating patients – some of whom had walked for two days from their home villages to attend the clinic. The two dentists routinely treated up to 80 patients a day and many of these would have a number of teeth needing filling or extraction.

A Western diet and sugary drinks, in particular, have done the Nepalese no favours, said Karuna, which means their teeth are often in an appalling condition exacerbated by the fact that many have never brushed their teeth.

For this reason, education on dental hygiene is very important with patients in the queue waiting for treatment being shown videos on how to care for their teeth. Some toothbrushes were handed out along the way but Karuna and Pascale were severely limited by the amount of equipment and other gear they could carry with them.

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A village school teacher assists Pascale Pocock in providing dental hygiene hints to the children.

Karuna reflects that she has been very fortunate in her own life and that her voluntary trips over the last 11 years were a way for her to pay back and assist people less fortunate. The satisfaction of going out and helping people to live pain-free lives is huge for her and enhanced by the welcoming people and the beautiful scenery of the country.

The trips are such an overwhelmingly positive experience that one tends to get hooked, she says, so there seems to be little doubt that she and Pascale will be back in Nepal next year fighting the good fight against tooth decay.


Karuna Khatri hands over a curing light for fillings to be used by other dentists in the region.

Donations to Rotary to support the work in Nepal can be claimed as tax deductions and made at:https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=214

Thanks to Allan Jackson for another great story!

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Everton Park Girl Guides turn 60

Everton Park Girl Guides turns 60 on village buzz

Everton Park Girl Guide District 60th Anniversary Celebrations!
Saturday 28th October 2017

Everton Park Girl Guides turns 60 on village buzz

Come along for an afternoon of reminiscing and for a celebration of all that has been achieved within 60 years of Guiding at Everton Park
There will be plenty of things to see and do!
Outdoor Activities, Cake Ceremony, Afternoon Tea, Rope Bridge,Scavenger Hunt and maybe even a chance to roast a marshmallow or two..
This event is open to the local community, and of course we are calling out to all past and present members to join in the festivities!! We are hoping to have an event page up and running very soon and would really appreciate photos, or memorabilia you may have of all things related to the Guiding history at Everton Park Girl Guides. Please send any info or pics to: sg.evertonpark.ggq@gmail.com

Koala Rescue

Koala Rescue

Living in Everton Park, wildlife is not something I think very much about except when reminded of it by the occasional possum sighting or the crows that live in a tree outside my bedroom window.

During a recent visit to McDowall local Mike Fowler’s home, I learned that there is actually quite a lot of wildlife living around us and doing its best to keep to itself. Unfortunately for the animals, however, they usually come off second best after coming into accidental contact with the modern world including domestic pets and motorcars.

Mike Fowler

Mike Fowler and a local python

Mike is one of a number of people in the Village Buzz area who spend time rescuing injured native animals with the aim of rehabilitating them and releasing them back into the wild or humanely putting an end to their sufferings. He is a volunteer with Moreton Bay Koala Rescue and rescues between 30 and 40 animals every month including koalas and many other species.

I was very interested during my visit to learn a bit more about Mike's back story which involves a stint in the Australian army as a drill sergeant. He was promoted to sergeant major before leaving and taking up a post managing the attendance in the House of Representatives in Canberra (there is definitely a book in there somewhere) and later became a civilian employee with the Department of Defence.

After being retrenched he needed something to do and was tuckshop coordinator in a local school before volunteering six years ago as an animal rescuer because he has always loved animals and, in particular, Australian natives.

Koala Rescue

Unlike many other rescuers, he also cares for and rehabilitates animals once they have received the medical attention they need. He took me on a tour of his home and showed a number of cages including a koala cage built with a community grant from the Brisbane City Council. There were no koalas in residence that morning but there were a couple of shy possums recovering from injury.

Sometimes Mike and his fellow rescuers will spot an injured animal themselves but more often than not they respond to tipoffs from members of the public. He is very keen to stress that calling an animal rescue hotline is the correct thing to do when seeing an animal in distress.

They are wild and the public should not attempt to rescue them but leave the task to a professional. It can be dangerous to try and pick up an animal which is injured and already stressed, armed with sharp teeth and claws and does not want to be rescued.

When a rescuer picks up an injured animal it is usually taken to a vet, in Mike's case often McDowall Vets, to be assessed and treated or euthanased if it cannot be saved and released into the wild. Mike said he isn't comfortable having animals euthanased but that it is a far kinder option than leaving them to suffer and die alone in the wild.

Koala Rescue

Grace Fowler helping take care of the animals

Animals can be rehabilitated and released after serious injury but not if they have lost a vital limb. Ringtailed possums, for example, cannot survive in the wild without their tails to hold onto things and a koala with a missing front leg can't survive but can do perfectly well minus one back leg.

Animals on the road to rehabilitation are housed in the various cages at Mike's home where they are cared for and fed until the day that they can be released which, he says, is the real highlight of the job. He was recently able to release two koalas back into the wild in one day which was incredibly satisfying.

There are strict rules about where animals can be released and with koalas it has to be within a square kilometre of where they were originally found. There is more leeway for other species but care has to be taken when releasing an animal to ensure that it is not released in a location that would cause conflict with an already-resident dominant animal.

Mike is very concerned about how built-up areas keep encroaching on wildlife habitats and believes this should be minimised as far as possible. He also has a firm believer that city dwellers should restrain their pets and prevent them from either hunting or scaring native animals.


Animal rescue contact numbers – available 24x7


Moreton Bay Koala Rescue: 0401 080 333

RSPCA: 1300 264 625


Article by: Allan Jackson

Stafford Heights State School Spring Carnival

Stafford Heights State School Spring Carnival 2017

Stafford Heights State School Spring Carnival

We hope to see you on 9th of September from 11:00am to 3:00pm for the Stafford Heights State School Spring Carnival 2017! The event will be held at 95 Redwood St. Stafford Heights.

There will be plenty of exciting activities and games for all ages!

  • Fire Engine Visit
  • Jumping Castles
  • Show Bags
  • Fairy Floss
  • School Band
  • Pre-Loved Books
  • Plants
  • Bubble Soccer
  • Choir & Folk Group
  • Fun Games
  • Crazy Hair
  • 501st Star Wars

And the best part, there will be:

  • Horse Races
  • Face Painting
  • Cake Bake
  • Cake Bake
  • BBQ
  • Sack Races

Everyone is invited and we encourage you to bring a friend or a neighbor.


Local Hero: Joel Howley | Bridgeman Downs

Dreams and local heroes come in all sizes and through sheer determination, Bridgeman Downs' own Joel Howley is well on his way to accomplishing all of his dreams.

At only 25 years of age, Joel has been water skiing socially since 8 years old and began competing at 18.

Joel is a professional slalom water skier and in his spare time is studying architecture at QUT.

A true Northsider Joel went to St Dympnas primary school at Aspley and then completed his secondary years at Padua.

During these years he spent many weekends with his parents and brothers at Lake Somerset. Living on the Northside allows him to be close to his training and our beautiful Brisbane weather makes pulling on the wetsuit easy for most of the year.

Recently Joel travelled from Brisbane to Bonneys Waterski Park in Western Australia to compete in the Nationals and of course, he has come home with a win for the 6th consecutive year.

Joel spends summer here in Brisbane studying and training. As soon as the weather turns cool he departs for America to compete on the Pro circuit in USA during our winter.

Joel has also been selected to compete for Australia in September at the 35th Waterski World Championship which will be held in Paris, France.

Joel's schedule throughout August and September has been busy, to say the least. Starting in Austin Texas where the American Nationals are being held. Unable to compete in these Joel will support and promote his sponsors Connelly Water ski there. He is very proud of his sponsors who allow him to do what he loves which is slalom waterskiing.

He will then head to Milwaukee in Wisconsin where he will compete in the Malibu Open tournament.

Then it's on to Sacramento in California to compete in the California ProAm.

Joel's last tournament for 2017 is in Paris and he is thrilled to have been chosen to compete for Australia at the Waterski World Championships.

After Paris he will then fly home to Brisbane on 13 September.

Joel would appreciate any support and would love follows/likes on face book and Instagram pages. Joel is also on twitter and has his own webpage. 


Photo by @joelhowley and the 2018 GT are a buoy-sitting, on-site ripping, big-spray-making force to be reckoned with.

Written by: Robyn Baker

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$50 Million Makeover Planned for Brookside Shopping Centre

Brookside Shopping Centre has announced that further works are set to begin as part of a $50 million makeover, with the central cross road of the shopping centre poised to become a revitalised hub and food precinct for shoppers.

These works are in conjunction with the opening of Target, Cotton On Mega and Sportsgirl, prior to Christmas this year.

Brookside has commenced construction work, to give the 46-year-old shopping centre a modern makeover including façade upgrades, contemporary interiors and tenancy remixing, in line with existing and emerging customer needs and expectations.

The centre court area will be transformed into a food and meeting hub with casual dining and communal spaces. The look and feel of the interiors will be warm and inviting, emulating the Queenslander style that is so prominent within homes in the Mitchelton / Brookside trade area.

These works also involve building in the large void currently in centre court, to create more floor space to increase the food offer available.

Centre Manager, Mr Russell Shaw said that “The planning for this $50 million makeover was inspired by the aspirations of our customers whilst still maintaining the convenience and intimacy that Brookside has long established.”

“As well as the families in the trade area, the customer base also includes a very loyal older demographic and young, vibrant singles and couples moving into the area. Creating a retail offer and community space that connects and resonates with our customers’ needs and wants will be key in making this a project a success.”

Mr Shaw said that with the introduction of Cotton On Mega, together with Sportsgirl, Target, and the new centre court food hub, that Brookside Shopping Centre was well positioned to attract additional key retail offers, incremental customer patronage and future growth.

The Buchan Group were appointed to design the shopping centre makeover – the same architects who designed the newly refurbished Toowong Village, Wintergarden and Robina Town Centre. Building companies Broad and Mettle are jointly undertaking the construction project.

The Shopping Centre will remain open during the construction and refurbishments, reassuring disruption to shoppers and retailers will be minimised.

For updates visit their Facebook page or visit the centre.

Source: Brookside Shopping Centre Press Release.

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Six things to do this Christmas in Everton Park

Six things to do this Christmas in Everton Park

We love Everton Park and its surrounds. And with Christmas just days away, we thought we’d give those of you die-hard locals – and those considering making this part of Brisbane your local – some local festive ideas.

1. Don’t do Christmas yourself
Have you considered out-sourcing Christmas? The food part, that is. For the I-didn’t-do-it-myself-Christmas lunch with delicious hot and cold Christmas lunch buffet featuring seafood, carvery, salads and desserts, where everyone gets to enjoy themselves, it’s worth considering the Everton Park Hotel.

2. Light up
Get competitive with the neighbours (in a good way of course) and up the ante on your Christmas light display. Local Everton Park retailer, Christmas Alight will help you to get your lights right. And if you’re not into doing things yourself, they can even install your lights for you.

Christmas in Everton Park

3. See the best Christmas lights
Others say so, therefore it must be true: local Everton Park family, the Brinums, at Bowers Road South have created a place that is AMAZING- we went last year and it was like an hour long mission through a massive property containing tons of decorations, lights, santas workshop, a garden exploration and even food and glow sticks for sale- INSANE!!! parking nearby isnt possible so be prepared for a small walk

4. Don’t forget the library
Our local, Everton Park Library (as well as all Brisbane libraries) have a great range of Christmas and school holiday activities. Check them out online or just pop in and enjoy some cool books in air conditioned comfort.

With Christmas celebrations underway, everyone is super excited about the festive season. Everything stops when Cheeky Monkey receives a message from Santa saying that Frosty the snowman is missing from the North Pole! Can Cheeky Monkey and his friends find Frosty and get him back to the North Pole before he melts?

5. If retail is your thing
If you’ve got this far in the Christmas journey and realised you really should hurry up and get some Christmas pressies, don’t panic, there’s always Brookside Shopping Centre: a mere five minutes away by car. We reckon it’s the North side’s best kept secret. You can for get about Pokemon at Brookside has it's own version of Augmented Reality, Clues for Claus.

Santa needs your help to save Christmas!  Can you help him get ready for Christmas Eve?  Join in on a magical search where your imagination comes to life through our Brook Rewards app.  If you follow the clues to find Santa and redeem your free gift

6. There’s always a café nearby

Now, it’s not quite Everton Park, but neighbouring Gaythorne is becoming a bit of a go-to place for cool cafes. Just second’s walk from the Gaythorne train station is Hansell and Gretel, and Grubb Street – and one seriously cool restaurant, The Gypsies Wagon. All do great food and coffee.


We would love to hear from you about what your favourite thing to do at Christmas time is.

And this Christmas, above all, we hope you get a chance to take it easy and spend some happy times with friends and family.


Some Melbourne Cup Facts that you may not Know

Some Melbourne Cup Facts that you may not Know

Melbourne Cup History

The Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861, when a horse called Archer made the arduous journey, by foot, from Nowra NSW to Flemington to take the glory. He doubled up 12 months later, providing trainer-owner Etienne de Mestre with wins that would ultimately total five – a record that remained unbroken until 1977.

That first win was worth just 170 pounds. The race is now one of the world’s richest, with prize money totalling more than $6 million. Run by the Victoria Racing Club, the Melbourne Cup has gone on to become Australia’s most watched three odd minutes of television each year.

So if you want to pick a winner today, here is all of the information that you will need to make the right selection.Melbourne Cup


  • Kingston Rule 1990 - 3 minutes 16.3 seconds


  • 8 lengths - Archer 1862 / Rain Lover 1968


  • 10st 5 lb (66.0 kg) Carbine (1890)
  • 10st 2 lb (64.5 kg) Archer (1862)
  • 10st 0 lb (63.5 kg) Poitrel(1920)


  • 1863 33.5kg, Banker


  • 10st 10lb (68 kg) Phar Lap and lost
  • The most popular weight carried is 52.5kg and 53kg with eight wins each, followed by 47, 48, 51, and 56kgs each with seven wins

AGE OF WINNERS:Melbourne Cup

  • 3 year old - 23 (last 3yo - Skipton (1941)
  • 4 year old - 44
  • 5 year old - 43
  • 6 year old - 33
  • 7 year old - 10
  • 8 year old - 2
  • The last three-year-old to win the Cup was Skipton in 1941


  • Entire 66
  • Gelding 52
  • Colts 21
  • Mares 13
  • Fillies 3


  • 8/11 Phar Lap (1st 1930)


  • 8/11 Phar Lap (1st 1930)
  • 7/4 Revnue (1908)
  • 2/1 Archer (1862)


  • 35 of 153 favourites (23%) have won the Melbourne Cup
  • 72 Cup favourites have finished in the first three placings


  • The Pearl 100/1 (1871)
  • Wotan 100/1 (1936)
  • Old Rowley 100/1 (1940)
  • Rimfire 80/1 (1948)
  • Prince Of Penzance 100/1 (2015)
  • The longest priced winners in the last twenty years was Viewed at 40/1 in 2008, then Tawrrific in 1989 starting at 30/1 and Prince Of Penzance in 2015

ODDS:Some Melbourne Cup Facts that you may not Know

  • 10/1 - 15 Times
  • 8/1 - 13 Times


  • Archer 1861 - 1862
  • Peter Pan 1932 - 1934
  • Rain Lover 1968 - 1969
  • Think Big 1974 - 1975


  • Makybe Diva 2003- 2005


  • 7 starters 1863


  • 39 starters in 1890


  • Bobbie Lewis: The Victory 1902, Patrobas 1915, Artilleryman 1919 & Trivalve 1927
  • Harry White: Think Big 1974 and 1975, Arwon 1978 and Hyperno 1979. Harry White also holds a unique record of two Melbourne Cup doubles


  • First female jockey to ride in the Cup was New Zealander Maree Lyndon on Argonaut Style in 1987, she ran second last out of 21
  • Clare Lindop was the first Australian female to ride in the Cup when unplaced on Debben in 2003
  • Michelle Paine is the first and only female to win the Melbourne Cup when she beat Mac Dynamite in 2015 on the 100/1 shot Prince Of Penzance


  • Billy and Peter Cook are the only father-son combination to win the Melbourne Cup. Billy Cook (Father) winning the Cup 2 times in 1941 on Skipton and 1945 on Rainbird and Peter (Son) winning in 1981 on Just A Dash


  • 17 cup winning jockeys have worn black as their main colour. Last being George Podmore on Evening Peal in 1956
  • Navy blue and royal blue with 14 wins


  • Poseidon 1906
  • The Trump 1937
  • Rivette 1939
  • Rising Fast 1954
  • Even Stevens 1962
  • Galilee 1966
  • Gurner's Lane 1982
  • Let's Elope1991
  • Doriemus 1995
  • Might and Power 1997
  • Ethereal 2001


  • Barriers 5, 10, 11 and 14....8 winners
  • Barriers 6, 8, and 19.....5 winners
  • Barriers 1, 4, 17 and 22....5 winners
  • Since the barrier stalls were first used in the Cup in 1924, no horse has won the race from barrier 18
  • In the year 1924, the winner Backwood started from barrier 7. In the 85 years since, Makybe Diva is the only other winner starting from that barrier winning in 2004


  • No 4 and No 12 with 11 wins
  • No 1 with 9 wins
  • No 8 with 8 wins
  • No 11 with 7 wins

Makybe Diva winning in 2005 wearing no.1. The last horse carrying no.1 prior to that was Rising Fast in 1954.

  • TAB numbers 4 and 6 have won four of the last fifteen Cups
  • TAB numbers to win only one Cup are 26, 28 and 39
  • TAB numbers to win only two Cups are 7, 16, 18, 21, 23 and 25
  • Historically the best guides to the Melbourne Cup have been the Caulfield Cup and the Mackinnon Stakes


  • Bart Cummings 12 wins (1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2008)
  • Etienne de Mestre  5 wins (1861, 1862, 1867, 1877, 1878)
  • Lee Freedman 5 wins (1989, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2005)
  • Bart trained his first Melbourne Cup winner in 1965 with four year old mare Light Fingers. He last won the race in 2008 with Viewed, his 50th Anniversary of his first Cup runner
  • Bart Cummings Father Jim Cummings trained one Cup winner, Comic Court in 1950
  • Sheila Laxon in 2001, trainer Ethereal, was the first woman trainer to officially win the Melbourne Cup
  • 1938 Melbourne Cup was won by trainer Mrs. Allan McDonald who trained Catalogue. Mrs McDonald was a New Zealand trainer but at that time women were not allowed to compete as trainers in Australia so the record books have her husband down as the official trainer


  • John Tait 4 Wins (1866, 1868, 1871, 1872)
  • Etienne de Mestre 4 Wins  (1861, 1862, 1867, 1878)
  • Dato Tan Chin Nam 4 Wins (1974, 1975, 1996, 2008)
  • Lloyd Williams 4 Wins  (1981, 1985, 2007, 2012)


  • Melbourne Cup in 1861 was $1,420
  • Melbourne Cup in 2005 was $5.1 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2009 is $5.65 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2010 is $6 million plus trophies to celebrate th 150th running of the race
  • Melbourne Cup in 2011 is $6.16 million plus trophies
  • Melbourne Cup in 2012 is 6.20 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2013 is 6.20 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2014 is 6.20 million
  • Melbourne Cup in 2015 is 6.20 million
  • In 1985 the race reached $1 million dollars in prize money for the first time (won by What A Nuisance)


  • 1870 when the track was so waterlogged that it was deemed unsafe to ride. Won by Nimblefoot a week later
  • 1916 track agained deemed unsafe due to rain. Cup won by Sasanof 5 days later
  • 1892 The Cup was run in pouring rain and won by Glenloth
  • Rain during the race on average happens once in every nine years


  • 1861 - The trophy took the form of a "hand beaten" gold watch
  • 1865 - The first year a trophy was awarded. Silver bowl on a stand with a narrow neck with two ornate handles topped with a horse and rider
  • 1867 - A silver trophy from England displays 'Alexander Taming the Horse
  • 1868 - 1875 No mention of trophy presented
  • 1876 - The first gold cup trophy manufactured in Victoria
  • 1877 - 1886 No trophy presented
  • 1887 - Dunlop A golden horse-shoe mounted on a plush stand and valued at 100 sovereigns
  • 1888 - Three silver horses on a silver plated base
  • 1889 - The silver "tea and coffee service" reputed to have been unacceptable as a trophy
  • 1890 - A silver ewer, salver and tazzas are representative of this magnificent trophy
  • 1891 - A trophy measuring two feet in length and fifteen inches high of a draped figure of Victory, standing on a pedestal holding out an olive wreath to a jockey upon his horse
  • 1893 - Multi-piece trophy of silver tankard, punch bowl and beakers
  • 1894 - 1898 Trophies were not presented as the economic depression engulfed the nation
  • 1900 - A tea and coffee service was presented
  • 1908 - Three feet long plaque of an embossed silver galloping horse resembling a greyhound. Much ridicule
  • 1909 - Two handled silver cups
  • 1913 - Silver epergne
  • 1914 - This was the last year the Melbourne Cup Trophy was made in England
  • 1915 - A large rose bowl that was made in Australia
  • 1916 - The first gold cup is presented
  • 1918 - Two handled gold cup trophy
  • 1919 - James Steeth's three handled "loving cup" first introduced
  • 1922 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at 200 pounds
  • 1953 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at 550 pounds
  • 1960 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at 750 pounds
  • 1973 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $3000
  • 1978 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $9000
  • 1984 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $23 000
  • 1987 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $32 000
  • 1999 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $32 500
  • 2000 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $32 500
  • 2001 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $80 000. The Cup moves from 9ct to 18ct gold. Valued at $80,000
  • 2005 - The breeder of the Cup winner will be presented with a Melbourne Cup ½ sized Cup
  • 2006 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $100 000
  • 2008 - The Melbourne Cup trophy valued at $125 000
  • 2010 - The Cup has been remodelled on the trophy won by Phar Lap in 1930 and is valued at $150,000
  • The Cup is made up of 34 pieces of hand-beaten eighteen carat gold and a lathe-produced base
  • Every year the Melbourne Cup trophy is awarded as a prize


  • Record trifectas dividend on the Melbourne Cup - $61,867.90 in 1993
  • 2009 punters across the country splurged on Tuesday's Melbourne Cup with a record $95.6 million outlaid on the Victorian and New South Wales TABs
  • Average spend per person is approximately $8.50, of which $7.30 is returned in dividends


  • The youngest jockey to win was Peter St. Albans in 1876 on Briseis aged 13 (officially), but actually 12 years 11 months 23 days
  • The Melbourne Cup was first filmed in 1896
  • The first radio broadcast of the Melbourne Cup was made by the Australian Broadcasting Company in 1925
  • The photo finish camera was first used in the 1948 Melbourne Cup
  • Dunaden wins the Cup in 2011 from Red Cadeaux in the closest finish ever in Cup history
  • Most runs by a horse in the Cup was Shadow King, from 1929 to 1935 who made six attempts to win the cup in seven years . He ran 6th, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd and 4th
  • Subzero and 5 other grey horses have won the Melbourne Cup
  • World Wars I and  II stopped most major races in Australia, but not the Melbourne Cup.
  • The Melbourne Cup is also a Greyhound Race and is also held in November.
  • Jockeys in Victoria must have blood-alcohol readings under 0.02.
  • The phrase The Race That Stops A Nation is a trademark of the Victoria Racing Club.
  • Great trivia question: What Australian sporting event did Russia win in 1946? The Melbourne Cup. Russia was a horse. He won by three lengths.
  • In Australia in any given year, there is approxiamately 32,000 active racehorses. Over half of them have never won a race.
  • Phar Lap's heart was 6.2kg.  The average horse heart weighs 3.2 kg.

Protect yourself this Storm Season

Protect yourself this Storm Season


With the Courier Mail reporting that "BRISBANE" will become ground zero for wild weather as meteorologists predict a highly active storm season across Queensland.

The severe weather outlook for 2016 and 2017 has indicated a heightened severe weather season with an increased risk of damaging thunderstorms, rain, and cyclones.  Heightened cyclone activity is also predicted with up to four cyclones expected." Read more