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The Castle star Stephen Curry in a bitter real estate battle over his family farm

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A star from classic Australian film The Castle is locked in bitter battle with development giants over his family farm. 

Stephen Curry, who played Dale Kerrigan in the 1997 hit movie, is fighting to save his property in western Victoria from 85-metre-tall powerlines. 

‘I think if The Castle taught us anything it is standing up for ourselves but it is a one-sided battle… that doesn’t mean it’s a battle that’s not worth waging,’ he told A Current Affair

Stephen Curry (pictured), who played Dale Kerrigan in 1997 hit movie The Castle, is fighting to save his family farm in Western Victoria from 85-metre-tall powerlines

Stephen Curry (pictured), who played Dale Kerrigan in 1997 hit movie The Castle, is fighting to save his family farm in Western Victoria from 85-metre-tall powerlines

Stephen Curry (pictured), who played Dale Kerrigan in 1997 hit movie The Castle, is fighting to save his family farm in Western Victoria from 85-metre-tall powerlines 

Curry (pictured right in The Castle) said the farm 'means everything' to him and his family

Curry (pictured right in The Castle) said the farm 'means everything' to him and his family

Curry (pictured right in The Castle) said the farm ‘means everything’ to him and his family 

Curry said the farm ‘means everything’ to him and has been in the family since 1962. 

‘A man’s farm is his future and I think if this project was to go ahead the way they want it, that future is in serious doubt,’ he explained.  

Energy company AusNet is planning to build almost 200 kilometres of powerlines through properties from far western Melbourne to a wind farm in Bulgana.

Although the exact route has not yet been determined, the proposed area cuts through hundreds of farming properties and local bushland.     

‘It strikes me as pretty ironic that in the name of finding renewable energy and sustainability we’re prepared to knock down entire spades of forests,’ Mr Curry said.  

Another furious farmer from Myrniong, 72km northwest of Melbourne, used his tractor to dig a rude message into a paddock in protest against the power lines.

Peter Muir said the 500-kilovolt transmission lines would ruin his property and pose a danger to the local community. 

Energy company AusNet are planning to build transmission lines from Melbourne to Bulgana that may intersect through hundreds of properties (Curry's family farm pictured)

Energy company AusNet are planning to build transmission lines from Melbourne to Bulgana that may intersect through hundreds of properties (Curry's family farm pictured)

Energy company AusNet are planning to build transmission lines from Melbourne to Bulgana that may intersect through hundreds of properties (Curry’s family farm pictured) 

The 500-kilovolt powerlines (pictured) will run dangerously close to state bushland

The 500-kilovolt powerlines (pictured) will run dangerously close to state bushland

The 500-kilovolt powerlines (pictured) will run dangerously close to state bushland 

Mr Muir showed his contempt for the 500-kilovolt transmission lines by carving the very blunt message ‘P**s off AusNet’ into a large green field.   

Mr Muir said the high voltage powerlines could be built on properties without the consent of the owners. 

‘They can when they say it is an essential service, so they just push through regardless of whether you want them there or not,’ he told 3AW.    

Rural Victorian farmer Peter Muir used his tractor to carve a blunt message into a paddock (pictured) in protest of the 85-metre-tall powerlines being built on his property

Rural Victorian farmer Peter Muir used his tractor to carve a blunt message into a paddock (pictured) in protest of the 85-metre-tall powerlines being built on his property

Rural Victorian farmer Peter Muir used his tractor to carve a blunt message into a paddock (pictured) in protest of the 85-metre-tall powerlines being built on his property 

The farmer said the powerlines could potentially intersect on his 800 acre property and cause him to cease farming for 18 months. 

Mr Muir also voiced his concern over the powerlines reaching the Wombat State Forest and posing a fire hazard.   

‘It’s very hard for firefighters to get there to put it out, no Country Fire Association crew is going to put their crew underneath one of the power lines too because they’re an ignition point.     

‘It’s not just the cost to me, it’s the cost to the whole community, these ignition points will stop people from getting out of the bush or stop people getting in the bush during a fire,’ he explained.   

AusNet's proposed high voltage powerlines will potentially stretch through almost 200km worth of properties in western Victoria (pictured)

AusNet's proposed high voltage powerlines will potentially stretch through almost 200km worth of properties in western Victoria (pictured)

AusNet’s proposed high voltage powerlines will potentially stretch through almost 200km worth of properties in western Victoria (pictured) 

The farmer was told AusNet would turn the powerlines off in the event of a fire but was concerned they may not be shut off in time. 

Mr Muir claimed AusNet refused to consider underground powerlines because the venture was ‘too costly’.   

‘The whole idea is so ridiculous that you can’t believe anybody would think of it,’ he said. 

An AusNet spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the company was still investigating a broad area and no exact route for the transmission lines had been decided.   

‘We absolutely understand that people in this area are concerned. We want to hear from local people about the potential impact on their land and their businesses. 

‘We’ve contacted many local landholders directly, including the Muir family, so that we can hear their point of view and we encourage all landholders to talk to us directly about their concerns. 

‘We’re right at the start of this five year project and we will be consulting with the community at every stage,’ the spokesperson said. 

Mr Muir said the powerlines (file image pictured) would ruin his property and create a fire risk

Mr Muir said the powerlines (file image pictured) would ruin his property and create a fire risk

Mr Muir said the powerlines (file image pictured) would ruin his property and create a fire risk

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New Zealand records four new COVID-19 cases and plunges back into lockdown

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New Zealand has plunged back into a strict lockdown after four members of one family tested positive for coronavirus – despite 102 days of zero community transmission. 

The nation has been the envy of the world for its handling of the COVID-19 crisis, particularly after passing the 100 day milestone.

But from midday on Wednesday, Auckland will reenter a stage three lockdown and the rest of the nation will enter a level two lockdown after new cases were identified on Tuesday.  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown.  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled a last minute press conference for about 9.15pm on Tuesday night as word spread of the lockdown

Contact tracing is now underway among multiple workplaces across New Zealand, and close contacts of the confirmed cases have been instructed to self isolate. 

Ms Ardern is concerned about the origin of the virus, given the family have no links to overseas travel.

‘We have not yet been able to determine the source of these cases, there is no known link to hotel quarantine.

‘One of the most important lessons we have learned from overseas is to go hard at this… In line with our precautionary approach, we will be asking Aucklanders to take swift lockdown’.  

Ms Ardern admitted authorities are ‘expecting to see more cases’ linked to the cluster. 

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her ‘resurgence plan’.

‘You are asked to stay home in your bubble unless you are an essential worker’. 

All bars, restaurants and public services must close by midday on Wednesday, as gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited.

‘If you are in Auckland, we ask that you wear a mask when accessing essential services.’

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her 'resurgence plan'

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her 'resurgence plan'

The popular PM will plunge Auckland back into a stage three lockdown from Wednesday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus as part of her ‘resurgence plan’

‘While this initial three day lockdown will primarily effect the Auckland region, I am asking our team of five million to stay alert as well. We have defeated this virus before and can do it again.’ 

The rest of the nation will enter a three day level two lockdown. 

If contact tracing and widespread testing do not identify the source of the current outbreak, the lockdown could be extended.

‘If we are not able to identify the source, we should be able to identify whether we have wider geographic spread.’

Authorities hope their swift action will help to manage the potential spread of the virus following the latest outbreak. 

New Zealand went into level 4 lockdown on March 25, acting swiftly once the threat of COVID-19 was present.

By April 27, the virus appeared somewhat under control and the lockdown was eased to level 3. 

May 13 signalled the beginning of level 2 lockdown while most restrictions were entirely eased on June 9. 

Ms Ardern said she has no doubt New Zealand will defeat the virus for a second time. 

More to come. 

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Australians could travel to Bali from NEXT MONTH as Indonesian officials push for travel bubble

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Australians could be allowed to travel to Bali from as early as next month as Indonesian officials push for a travel bubble between the two nations. 

Indonesia‘s Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said Australia is one of a select number of countries officials would like to welcome tourists ahead of plans to reopen Bali on September 11.

‘We have to carefully selected (countries), so I think Australia, New Zealand later on, China, of course, and maybe South Korea and Japan. We are studying day by day,’ he said. 

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Indonesian officials are hoping to implement a travel bubble with Australia. Pictured: Atuh Beach in Bali (stock image)

Mr Luhut, who was speaking at an address to the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club on Monday, said discussions would be held with the Australian government. 

‘Right now we negotiate with Australia. We will see what happens, what they need from us and what we need from them,’ he said.

‘We need to negotiate standard of care because nobody can claim they’re better than others. Look at America right now. Look at Singapore right now.’ 

Mr Luhut said he believes Indonesia is currently handling the coronavirus pandemic ‘okay’ but needs to remain vigilant. 

According to the minister, Indonesia remains on track to reopen its international borders in September. Bali welcomed domestic travellers on July 31 and saw about 4,000 additional arrivals daily. 

Tourism brings in billions of dollars to the Indonesian economy each year.

Indonesia's Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Indonesia's Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Indonesia’s Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said his government would speak to Australia about the proposed travel bubble

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali's international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali's international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

Pictured: Flight attendants wearing face mask walk through Bali’s international airport during the coronavirus pandemic

There were more than 16million visitors to Indonesia last year, including 1.3million Australians, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Despite Mr Luhut’s hopeful comments, there is little indication the Australian government would implement a travel bubble with Indonesia anytime soon. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia’s international borders remain closed for the foreseeable future and citizens are advised against leaving. 

On Tuesday, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner warned border controls on visitors from coronavirus hotspots would remain in place for at least 18 months. 

Queensland has barred visitors from NSW and Victoria, while WA Premier Mark McGowan announced his borders could remain shut until mid-next year.

Indonesia has recorded more than 127,000 coronavirus cases and more than 5,700 deaths.  

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Viewers left in tears after ‘powerful’ Black Lives Matter series Unsaid Stories

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A new ITV drama about the Black Lives Matter movement has left viewers in tears after showing a terrified father banishing his daughter from the protests because he watched his best friend be killed at one. 

The first episode of Unsaid Stories aired last night at 9pm, titled Generational, and saw dad Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) catch his teenage daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince) trying to sneak out to a rally. 

After the concerned parent tries to stop his loved one from going, he’s forced to explain his decision, recalling the moment his best friend was killed by racists following an anti-racist protest. 

The emotional scenes – played across a 15-minute episode – were labelled ‘incredibly powerful and moving’ by Twitter users who rushed to praise the short-series for its ‘honest’ writing.

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A new ITV drama about the Black Lives Matter movement has left viewers in tears after showing a terrified father banishing his daughter, pictured together, from the protests because he watched his best friend be killed at one

A new ITV drama about the Black Lives Matter movement has left viewers in tears after showing a terrified father banishing his daughter, pictured together, from the protests because he watched his best friend be killed at one

A new ITV drama about the Black Lives Matter movement has left viewers in tears after showing a terrified father banishing his daughter, pictured together, from the protests because he watched his best friend be killed at one

Viewers were left in tears following the emotional scenes, with one Twitter user, above, writing: ''#UnsaidStories promised ourselves we wouldn't but part one got us bawling already. Great job everybody'

Viewers were left in tears following the emotional scenes, with one Twitter user, above, writing: ''#UnsaidStories promised ourselves we wouldn't but part one got us bawling already. Great job everybody'

Viewers were left in tears following the emotional scenes, with one Twitter user, above, writing: ”#UnsaidStories promised ourselves we wouldn’t but part one got us bawling already. Great job everybody’

One viewer wrote: ‘#UnsaidStories promised ourselves we wouldn’t but part one got us bawling already. Great job everybody.’

Another said: ‘Such a wonderfully written, moving and important short film,’ while a third added: ‘Quiet, moving, powerful… long enough to tell it’s story, important enough to prompt conversations.’ 

While a fourth impressed viewer wrote on Twitter: ‘Wow that was brilliant. So moving. Thanks ITV.’

Unsaid stories is a new four-part ITV series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the first episode, when Oliver catches his teenage daughter, Justina, sneaking out, the usual scenes of antagonism between parent and child follow.  

The first episode of Unsaid Stories aired last night at 9pm, titled Generational, and saw dad Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) catch his teenage daughter Justina (pictured) (Yasmin Monet Prince) trying to sneak out to a rally

The first episode of Unsaid Stories aired last night at 9pm, titled Generational, and saw dad Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) catch his teenage daughter Justina (pictured) (Yasmin Monet Prince) trying to sneak out to a rally

The first episode of Unsaid Stories aired last night at 9pm, titled Generational, and saw dad Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) catch his teenage daughter Justina (pictured) (Yasmin Monet Prince) trying to sneak out to a rally

After the concerned parent tries to stop his loved one (pictured together) from going, he's forced to explain his decision, recalling the moment his best friend was killed by racists following an anti-racist protest

After the concerned parent tries to stop his loved one (pictured together) from going, he's forced to explain his decision, recalling the moment his best friend was killed by racists following an anti-racist protest

After the concerned parent tries to stop his loved one (pictured together) from going, he’s forced to explain his decision, recalling the moment his best friend was killed by racists following an anti-racist protest

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The emotional scenes - played across a 15-minute episode - were labelled 'incredibly powerful and moving' by Twitter users (above) who rushed to praise the short-series for its 'honest' writing

The emotional scenes - played across a 15-minute episode - were labelled 'incredibly powerful and moving' by Twitter users (above) who rushed to praise the short-series for its 'honest' writing

The emotional scenes – played across a 15-minute episode – were labelled ‘incredibly powerful and moving’ by Twitter users (above) who rushed to praise the short-series for its ‘honest’ writing

However, it is soon discovered that Justina is sneaking out to a Black Lives Matter march, leaving her father shocked and concerned. 

His daughter cannot understand why he doesn’t appear to support the anti-racism cause and begs for an explanation.

Eventually, a heartbroken Oliver reveals that he protested racism in his youth when at university, but never attended another rally after his first because he watched his best friend be killed by racists following it.

He recalled how he and his friend were walking back home after a protest when they were attacked by racists.

Unsaid stories is a new four-part ITV series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) and his teenage daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince)

Unsaid stories is a new four-part ITV series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) and his teenage daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince)

Unsaid stories is a new four-part ITV series of short films inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: Oliver (played by English actor Nicholas Pinnock) and his teenage daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince)

Oliver said nearby police failed to help when he ran and upon his return, his friend Anton had been beaten to death.

‘[The attackers] must have realised they’d gone too far as all of a sudden they’d just stopped,’ Oliver told his daughter.

‘Every inch of Anton’s face was covered in blood. I watched my best friend die. Just like that, Anton was gone.’ 

After comforting her father, Justina convinces him to attend the protest with her and the pair are captured making their way to the event. 

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