World’s longest A380 flight begins

An Emirates Airbus A380 touching down at LAX, after completing the longest A380 non-stop service, between Dubai and Los Angeles. Photo / AP

An Emirates Airbus A380 touching down at LAX, after completing the longest A380 non-stop service, between Dubai and Los Angeles. Photo / AP

Emirates has launched the world’s longest Airbus A380 non-stop service, flying the double decker plane from Dubai to Los Angeles.

The daily flight crosses the Russian Federation, the North Pole and Eastern Canada and takes 16 hours and 20 minutes.

The 13,414km flight is part of Emirates’ move to boost its ultra-long range flying and to stake out a bigger presence in the United States market.

While the A380 flight is amongst the longest, it is well short of what was the world’s longest non-stop flight.

Singapore Airlines last month pulled out of its Singapore and New York flight – a 19-hour flight travelling 16,700km aboard an Airbus A340.

The airline said it wasn’t commercially viable.

Emirates said it put the 489-seat A380 on the Dubai-Los Angeles in response to strong demand.

The airline had used a smaller Boeing 777 long range plane on the route since 2008.

Emirates operates 63 weekly flights from Dubai to the US serving seven gateways – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC and New York JFK, where two of the three daily flights are operated with A380s.

A daily service from Dubai to Boston will start next March.

The double decker on the Los Angeles route has 14 first class private suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business class and 399 spacious seats in economy class.

The A380’s longest non-stop route on the Emirates’ network to date has been the Dubai to New York, covering 11,023km during a flight of 13 hours and 26 minutes. The shortest A380 route is between Hong Kong and Bangkok – a distance of 1900km, with a flying time of two hours 20 minutes.

 

The Sydney Morning Herald

Steve Pantelidis quits Perth Glory, Shane Smeltz injured

December 3, 2013 – 8:53PM

Jets' Nathan Burns slicing past Perth's Steve Pantelidis in Newcastle.

Jets’ Nathan Burns slicing past Perth’s Steve Pantelidis in Newcastle. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers

Perth Glory have suffered a major double blow, with defender Steve Pantelidis quitting the A-League club and star striker Shane Smeltz ruled out for up to four weeks with an ankle injury.

Pantelidis will leave for Kuala Lumpur later this week after signing a deal with Malaysian Super League outfit Selangor FC.

His departure leaves Glory light on options in defence heading into Friday night’s clash with Wellington Phoenix in Perth.

Fringe Socceroo Scott Jamieson is already out for the season due to a torn achilles tendon, while marquee signing William Gallas is nursing a calf injury.

Fellow defender Josh Risdon is still on the comeback trail from a knee injury, leaving Michael Thwaite as the only first-choice defender who’s available for selection this week.

That means 18-year-old Matt Davies, Riley Woodcock, also 18, and 21-year-old Jack Clisby are all likely to get gigs in defence this week.

Glory will also be without suspended skipper Jacob Burns, while Smeltz has been ruled out for up to a month after damaging ankle ligaments during last week’s 1-0 loss to Brisbane.

Smeltz missed the start of the season after undergoing surgery on his hip, and his latest injury setback comes at a bad time for Perth, who are already without a host of their best players.

Pantelidis, who won an A-League title with Melbourne Victory in 2006/07, had been a vital cog at the Glory since linking up with the club in 2011.

The 30-year-old had played predominantly in defence, but the arrival of former French international Gallas meant Pantelidis would have been squeezed out of a starting berth.

“Steve has been a great servant to Perth Glory over the past two years,” Glory coach Alistair Edwards said.

“We were in talks to extend his contract further.

“However, we had also received significant interest from a number of clubs in Asia for him.

“There is increasing money going into football in Asia and the Malaysian league is fast attracting a number of overseas players.

“As a club, we do not want to stand in the way of [a] player seeking to pursue overseas aspirations.”

Former Melbourne Victory mentor Mehmet Durakovic is coaching Selangor FC.

Consecutive losses have resulted in Perth slipping to seventh on the table.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Big-spending Blues stand in way of Sydney women’s shot at final

December 4, 2013

Sebastian Hassett

Football reporter

Match winner: Emma Kete scored the only goal in Sydney FC?s  game against NTV Beleza.Match winner: Emma Kete scored the only goal in Sydney FC’s game against NTV Beleza. Photo: Getty Images

Dozens of English Premier League clubs watched in despair as Chelsea spent their way to success in the past decade – and now Sydney FC know what it feels like.

The Sky Blues’ women’s team are set to square off against Chelsea Ladies in Wednesday night’s semi-final of the International Women’s Club Championship in Okayama.

It would be great to get one up against the Poms.

They made it to the final four after defeating Japanese league runners-up NTV Beleza 1-0 on Saturday, with the win secured by a second-half goal to Emma Kete.

But while that result has left the W-League champions brimming with confidence, they are aware Chelsea’s management is so determined to win this tournament that they embarked on the kind of recruiting spree made famous by their men’s team in recent years.

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”Winning over Beleza was great because they’re a world class team but now we’re coming up against a truly global brand and it would be great to get one up against the Poms,” coach Alen Stajcic said.

”They’re taking this tournament very seriously and they’re here to win. We know that because they bought seven new top players just for this tournament.

”One of them, Japan’s Yuki Ogimi, has been nominated as one of the world players of the year, which shows their ambition.”

But winning over Beleza has left Stajcic believing they can pull off a big result against the Blues – and perhaps go all the way.

”They [Beleza] were really well organised, well-disciplined and the girls showed they can match it with the best in the world,” he said. ”I couldn’t have asked for much more.”

Stajcic said the tournament had already proven the strength of the W-League. ”I think the W-League is even stronger than the English league, so we don’t fear Chelsea,” he said. ”Now we’re confident we can go one better and go all the way to the final.”

Meanwhile, Sydney FC’s men’s team is still awaiting the outcome of scans on Alessandro Del Piero’s calf injury.

The injury required the captain to be substituted in the first half of the 2-0 win over Newcastle and is expected to keep him out of Saturday night’s trip to face the Central Coast Mariners.

Elsewhere, Steve Pantelidis has been released by Perth Glory after agreeing terms with Malaysian club Selangor.

The 30-year old defender, previously of Melbourne Victory and Gold Coast, will link up with Mehmet Durakovic, recently appointed as Selangor’s coach. The Australian invasion of Malaysia was also boosted on Tuesday by the appointment of Ron Smith at Pahang FA on a three-month deal.

Fellow ex-Perth coach Dave Mitchell was last month named as manager of Kedah FC. He has already recruited Adam Griffiths, Adriano Pellegrino and ex-Glory forward Billy Mehmet.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Will the next star Socceroo please stand up?

December 4, 2013

Michael Lynch

SENIOR SPORTS REPORTER WITH THE AGE

Adam Taggart made waves with an A-League hat-trick against Melbourne Heart and the young Newcastle Jets striker is definitely one to look out for.

Adam Taggart made waves with an A-League hat-trick against Melbourne Heart and the young Newcastle Jets striker is definitely one to look out for. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Australia’s golden generation has pretty much run its race.

Aside from Tim Cahill, Mark Bresciano and Lucas Neill – and the latter is probably clinging on by his fingertips – none of the big names who took Australia to the 2006 and 2010 World Cups will have anything more than an academic interest when the draw for the 2014 tournament takes place in Brazil this weekend.

The fact that Australia is, with a FIFA ranking of 59, the lowest-ranked team in the draw is a fair reflection of the nation’s standing. So the Socceroos go to Brazil with little expectation and few stars to whom they can look for inspiration. Which begs the question: After nearly a decade of unmatched local success – three World Cup qualifications and the creation of a successful A-League – why are there no emerging stars in the national team ranks? Why are veterans such as Bresciano and Cahill still key men?

Tomi Juric has ability, but his task is to show he can deliver consistently.

Tomi Juric has ability, but his task is to show he can deliver consistently. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Most people will suggest it’s because of the failure of the development program in the past 10 years. It’s hard to think of one Australian under the age of 25 who has made it in one of the big leagues in Europe in recent times, save for Robbie Kruse, who is at Bayer Leverkusen, and Mitch Langerak, the back-up goalkeeper at Borussia Dortmund. But Kruse, the former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory forward, is not a regular starter, nor is Langerak.

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There has to be some currency in that lack of development argument, and perhaps the best illustration comes not just from Australia’s inability to find home-grown stars, but from another nation’s failure to cherry-pick our best for itself.

In previous times, Croatia has trawled the Australian talent pool with great success: Josip Simunic, the Canberra-born centre-half, is probably the biggest loss Australia has had.

Luke Brattan has impressed many with his displays in the last couple of seasons for Brisbane Roar.

Luke Brattan has impressed many with his displays in the last couple of seasons for Brisbane Roar. Photo: Getty Images

 

Yes, he usually hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but he will be going to Brazil in 2014 as a key member of Croatia’s squad. It will be his third World Cup.

Croatia has also harvested Geelong-born goalkeeper Joey Didulica and Sydney-born wing-back Ante Seric from this country; the former sitting on the bench throughout the 2006 World Cup, the latter a non-playing member of the Croatian side in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

But this time? Nothing.

Either Australia has become better at persuading youngsters of ethnic origin to play for the land of their birth, or simply there is no one worth looking at.

Are there any emerging youngsters on the fringes of national selection or even off the radar now who might give lie to the suggestion that the development program has broken down? Is the glass half empty, or fuller than we might think?

After picking the brains of a few agents, talent spotters and sundry other Socceroo watchers, here is a list of those on the periphery who might come under consideration at some point over the next few months – if they can continue to improve and make their case in the most compelling fashion of all, with good performances. Some might be taken with a pinch of salt, but it should be a debate starter, anyway.

It won’t be easy. As Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou made a point of saying after the win over Costa Rica, it was up to others to force their way past those in the squad he had selected for his first game in charge. But the coach is a pragmatist, so if anyone impresses he will have little hesitation in finding a spot for them in the squad.

Adam Taggart made waves with an A-League hat-trick against Melbourne Heart and the young Newcastle Jets striker is definitely one to look out for. He has already earned a Socceroo call-up in the East Asian Cup, where he scored against China.

That East Asian Cup in South Korea might not have been all that memorable as far as results go, but it did give some international exposure to a handful of other candidates, including Mitchell Duke, of Central Coast Mariners, and Tomi Juric (Western Sydney Wanderers).

Duke, it seemed, was a particular favourite of former national coach Holger Osieck, so his prospects would have been greater had the German stayed in charge. Juric has ability, but his task is to show he can deliver consistently.

The goalkeeping slots are very competitive, although Mat Ryan and Langerak look to have a lock on two places. Mark Birighitti (Jets) made his international debut against China in the East Asian Cup and played really well, but his time may be in the future.

Ben Halloran is following Kruse’s pathway, having moved from Australia to Fortuna Dusseldorf in the German second division, but is more likely to be an Asian Cup contender.

One intriguing possibility for the future is former Melbourne Heart frontman Eli Babalj, although his susceptibility to injury makes him unlikely and he has yet to make any impact at his Dutch club, AZ Alkmaar.

A player with a much better chance would be Melbourne Victory’s James Troisi, on loan for a season with the A-League club. Troisi has been involved at senior Socceroo level before and Postecoglou did sign him for Victory.

Curtis Good has captained his country at youth level but would be a long shot for selection unless Postecoglou wanted to bring along the former Melbourne Heart centre-half for experience. The left-sided defender is at English Premier League club Newcastle United, but the 20-year-old has only played once for the first team, in the League Cup.

Luke Brattan has impressed many with his displays in the last couple of seasons for Brisbane Roar and the English-born Queenslander could be considered worth a look as cover for the likes of Mark Milligan and Mile Jedinak.

There are no superstars among this lot, but once you scratch the surface perhaps the cupboard is not as bare as some thought.

Other names that were thrown up included Aston Villa’s Chris Herd, Millwall’s Shane Lowry, Greece-based Apostolos Giannou (who in his Melbourne Victory junior days was known as Paul) and Brisbane youngster Kwame Yeboah, although the latter is probably four years too early as he needs to establish himself as a Roar starter first.

OK, the Croatians might not have fancied any of them, but it doesn’t mean they can’t do a job for the Socceroos – if not now, then perhaps in the Asian Cup, which Australia hosts in 2015.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Tim Cahill named in MLS team of the year

December 4, 2013 – 7:54AM

New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill. Photo: AP

New York Red Bulls’ Australian midfielder Tim Cahill and Irish forward Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy were among six players from outside North America named in the Major League Soccer Best 11.

The lineup of the US and Canadian league’s top players at each position for the 2013 season was revealed four days before Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup championship playoff final.

Cahill, who played for English Premier League side Everton from 2004 until 2012, scored 11 goals and helped the New York Red Bulls claim the best regular season record in MLS this year.

Keane scored 16 goals and set-up 11 others for the Galaxy, who lost to Salt Lake in the first round of the playoffs.

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He was joined among Best 11 forwards by his two rivals for the MLS 2013 Most Valuable Player Award – US striker Mike Magee of Chicago and Italian attacker Marco Di Vaio of Montreal.

Di Vaio netted 20 goals, five of them game winners and no penalties or free kicks, while Magee, who joined the Fire after being traded from the Galaxy on May 25, plundered 21 goals.

Canadian Will Johnson and Argentine Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers and American Graham Zusi Sporting Kansas City were the other midfielders in the elite lineup.

Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, a Jamaican international, made the Best 11 after 14 shutouts, 92 saves and 2,880 minutes played over 32 matches.

Portuguese rookie Jose Goncalves, the MLS Defender of the Year for the New England Revolution, was named to the elite squad’s backline along with Americans Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler.

Among those missing from the top-11 lineup were Galaxy striker Landon Donovan, snapping his run of five appearances in a row on the squad, and Vancouver forward Camilo Sanvezzo, who led the MLS with 22 goals in the regular season.

New York striker Thierry Henry, the French star who made the elite unit the past two years, was also overlooked

The Sydney Morning Herald

Lucas Neill cites ‘family reasons’ for heading home from Japan club

December 3, 2013 – 8:42PM

Left the country: Lucas Neill of J-League club Omiya Ardija.

Left the country: Lucas Neill of J-League club Omiya Ardija. Photo: Getty Images

Australian captain and J-League defender Lucas Neill flew home on Tuesday from Japan due to ‘‘family reasons,’’ his club Omiya Ardija said.

‘‘There is no timetable set for his return to Japan,’’ the club said in a press release.

But 35-year-old Neill told Japan’s Kyodo news agency his commitment to football in the country was undimmed.

‘‘I’m very keen on coming back to the J-League,’’ he said.

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‘‘Japan and the J-League, I absolutely love it. It’s brilliant. Some of the top teams here, the style, the technical ability is fantastic.’’

The Socceroos skipper, who played nearly 15 years of his career in England, including with West Ham and Everton, signed with the J-League side in August.

Neill has played in nine league matches, but missed the last two games for Omiya.

Omiya on Saturday beat Jubilo Iwata 3-0 at home for just their second victory since Tsutomu Ogura replaced Zdenko Verdenik as manager in August.

Under Ogura, Omiya, who at one point this season were top of the table, have slipped to 14th with one game left to play.

Neill told Kyodo that things have been difficult at Omiya, trying to help end the team’s poor run of form while juggling his international commitments.

Neill was criticised heavily during Australia’s back-to-back 6-0 beatings by Brazil and France in September/October with some pundits suggesting he should retire from international football immediately.

While Socceroos coach Holger Osieck was sacked after the thrashings, Neill maintained both his starting spot and the captaincy under new mentor Ange Postecoglou.

He played in Australia’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Sydney last month, swearing at fans who booed him during the match, head of Football Federation Australia David Gallop later describing his actions as ‘‘unacceptable’’.

Neil is planning to make the 2015 Asian Cup, which will be held in January in Australia, his swan song, Kyodo said.

AFP

The Sydney Morning Herald

David Gallop dares to dream as World Cup draw looms

David Gallop

Sebastian Hassett
Football reporter

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop believes the nation should keep dreaming about making the knockout phase of next year’s World Cup, even if they land in the ”group of death”.

The World Cup draw, which is being held in a small resort town outside of Salvador – one of the host cities for next year’s global showpiece –  is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Saturday morning, Sydney time.

There’s a romance to playing Brazil at football for any country.

Though Gallop, who departs for Brazil on Wednesday, might be forgiven for hoping Australia is granted a softer draw when the balls are plucked from the decisive bowl, he wants Socceroos supporters to be embrace whatever their destiny they face in Brazil.

"There?s a romance to playing Brazil at football for any country": FFA CEO David Gallop.

“There’s a romance to playing Brazil at football for any country”: FFA CEO David Gallop. Photo: Ben Rushton

”It’s going to be exciting to find out what the challenge actually looks like. This is the start of the mission to unite all Australians behind the Socceroos, not just football fans,” he told Fairfax Media. ”There’s not much mileage about talking about groups of death when there’s no such [thing as] easy groups or opponents. It’s the World Cup, and over 200 countries have tried to be part of it, so we expect it to be tough.

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”Friday [Brazilian time] will be a moment when even the least-interested people will take a glance at what’s ahead for the nation. That’s an exciting spark for us to use.”

With so many top nations not seeded, there is a distinct possibility that several groups will contain one of two or even three of the most powerful teams in world football.

Workers put finishing touches to the entrance to the complex in Costa do Sauipe where the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup final draw will take place on December 6.

Workers put finishing touches to the entrance to the complex in Costa do Sauipe where the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup final draw will take place on December 6. Photo: AFP

Somewhat remarkably, powerhouses like the  Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal and France have slipped out of the top eight places and into lower-ranked pots.

France – who recently spanked Australia 6-0 in Paris – have been placed in pot three, which is otherwise occupied by African and South American nations.

But with new coach Ange Postecoglou inspiring a seachange of pride, Gallop says there is now a belief the Socceroos can defy the widespread predictions of doom.

”No doubt there’s  now an air of positivity around the camp and that is having a flow-on effect with how our fans are looking at the next six months and beyond,” he said. ”The fact is, every game is going to be tough but we want to win them. The aspiration is to make the second round.

”Any win in a World Cup is a great win for football and the whole nation. We want to play with hunger and, at the end of the 90 minutes, we want our opponents to not want us to play us again.”

Many are already dreaming of facing up to traditional sporting enemy England or   host nation Brazil, which even Gallop concedes would make for an extraordinary occasion.

”There’s no doubt that playing England would be enormous,” he said. ”I also think there’s a romance to playing Brazil at football for any country, including ours, particularly when they’re hosting a World Cup. But there’s definitely a number of teams in the top bracket that will be exciting opponents for us, all of them with their own unique style. There’s some mouth-watering prospects.”

Postecoglou is already in Brazil to inspect the teams potential World Cup base in Vitoria, some 500 kilometres north of Rio de Janeiro. The base is primarily desired by the FFA because of its relatively central location in Brazil.

”Ange is there with some other support staff and they’re just making sure it’s what he’s after,” he said. ”We want to give the players every opportunity by providing the facilities the coaching staff require.”

While the Socceroos will take a 23-man playing squad to Brazil, they will be accompanied by a 22-man support staff, all of whom will be housed in the national base.

The Canberra Times

Road speed limits to be raised

December 4, 2013 – 8:19AM

Marissa Calligeros

brisbanetimes.com.au reporter

The speed limit on Queensland 100 roads, including a section of the Riverside Expressway in Brisban3, will be reviewed.

The speed limit on Queensland 100 roads, including a section of the Riverside Expressway in Brisban3, will be reviewed. Photo: Paul Harris

The state government has released a list of 100 Queensland roads where speed limits may be raised or lowered.

The list comprises major highways where the 110km/h speed limit could be increased.

The roads under review include Peak Downs Highway, Warrego Highway, Logan Motorway, Gateway Motorway, Pacific Motorway and a number of sections on the Bruce Highway.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson has knocked back Ipswich Road funding commitments from both sides of federal politics.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson has knocked back Ipswich Road funding commitments from both sides of federal politics. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

However, the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast has been flagged by the RACQ as the only section of road suitable for speed increases.

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Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says the government selected the 100 roads – 68 state-controlled and 32 local roads – for review using information from 3300 public submissions.

Safety engineers will review the roads from next month to determine whether speed limits should be raised, lowered or kept consistent.

“On almost 70 roads the majority of responses called for an increase in speed limits,’’ Mr Emerson said.

Each road would be reviewed in line with speed limit guidelines with consideration given to traffic, pedestrians and infrastructure, he said.

The New South Wales government conducted a similar audit of speed zones last year. But the Northern Territory remains the only state or territory where motorists can legally drive faster than 110km/h on public roads.

Queensland’s speed limit review – the first to be conducted since 1997 – forms part of the government’s $350 million Road Safety Action Plan.

The review is due to be completed by mid-2014.

Greater Brisbane

  • Avalon Road, Rochdale Road to Mt Cotton Road including Ford Road
  • Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Pacific Motorway to Mount Cotton Road
  • Anzac Avenue, Deception Bay Road to Elizabeth Avenue
  • Bruce Highway, Gateway Motorway merge to Caboolture
  • Bruce Highway, Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway
  • Compton Road, Beaudesert Road to Logan Road
  • Creek Road, Logan Road to Old Cleveland Road
  • Cunningham Highway, Ipswich Motorway to Willowbank
  • Forest Lake Boulevard, Government Road to Lochwood Avenue
  • Francis Road, Bray Park
  • Gateway Motorway, Old Cleveland Road to Nudgee exit
  • Gateway Motorway, Old Cleveland Road to Pacific Motorway merge
  • Gateway Motorway, Pacific Motorway to Logan Motorway
  • Goodna Road, Old Greenbank Road to Logan City boundary
  • Gympie Road, Chermside to Carseldine
  • Gympie Road, Carseldine to Bruce Highway
  • Gympie Road, Lutwyche to Chermside
  • Hawthorne Road, Wynnum Road to Lytton Road
  • Herston Road, Kelvin Grove Road to Bowen Bridge Road
  • Ipswich Motorway, Grenard Road to Warrego Highway
  • Ipswich Road, Story Bridge to Ipswich Motorway (including Main Street)
  • Junction Road, Mt Crosby Road to Arthur Sommerville Road, Ipswich
  • Kessels Road, Logan Road to Ipswich Road
  • Kingston Road, Logan Motorway to Boundary Street
  • Logan Motorway, Ipswich Motorway to Pacific Motorway
  • Lutwyche Road, Windsor to Lutwyche
  • Manly Road, Wynnum Road to Greencamp Road
  • Mount Cotton Road, Old Cleveland Road to Broadwater Road
  • Mount Gravatt Capalaba Road, Logan Road to Broadwater Road
  • Mount Lindesay Highway, Browns Plains (Logan Motorway) to Park Ridge (Grainger Road)
  • Mount Lindesay Highway, North of Jimboomba to Beaudesert
  • Mount Nebo Road, The Gap to Mount Glorious
  • Mount Samson Road, Samford Village to Dayboro
  • Narangba Road, Anzac Avenue to Narangba
  • Ney Road, Redland Bay Road to Sheldon
  • Old Cleveland Road, Carina to Gateway Motorway
  • Pacific Motorway, Tarragindi to Gateway Motorway
  • Pacific Motorway, Gateway Motorway to Logan Motorway
  • Pacific Motorway, Riverside Expressway to Tarragindi
  • Padstow Road, Logan Road to Mains Road (including McCulloch Street)
  • Payne Road, Waterworks Road to Illowra Street
  • River Rerrace, Main Street to Vulture Street (including Leopard Street)
  • Samford Road, England Road to Main Street
  • Waterworks Road, Enoggera Road to Settlement Road
  • Wellington Street, Shore Street West to South Street (including Panorama Drive and
  • Boundary Road)
  • Wynnum Road, Junction Road to Manly Road

Sunshine Coast

  • Cooroy Noosa Road, Sunrise Road to McPauls Road
  • Maleny Kenilworth Road, Aherns Road to Jager Drive
  • Maroochydore Road, Bruce Highway to Maroochydore
  • Nicklin Way, Caloundra to Currimundi
  • Pelican Waters Boulevard, Pelican Waters
  • Pomona Kin Kin Road, Williams Road to Upper Pinbarrin Road

Gold Coast

  • Gold Coast Highway, Smith Street to Hooker Boulevard
  • Gooding Drive, Pacific Motorway to Nerang–Broadbeach Road
  • Greensward Road, Waterford–Tamborine Road to Drysdale Avenue
  • Marine Parade, Bayview Street to Gold Coast Highway
  • Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba
  • Olsen Avenue, Smith Street to Southport–Nerang Road
  • Oxley Drive, Broadwater Avenue to Brisbane Road
  • Reedy Creek Road, Gold Coast Hwy to Pacific Motorway (including West Burleigh Road)
  • Smith Street, Kumbara Avenue to Gold Coast Highway
  • Steve Irwin Way, Railway Street to Bruce Highway (northern section)
  • Stewart Road, Currumbin Waters

Central Queensland

  • Bruce Highway, Curra
  • Bruce Highway, Kolan River to Miriam Vale
  • Bruce Highway, Glenlee to The Caves
  • Bruce Highway, Tiaro
  • Bruce Highway, Bloomsbury to Proserpine
  • Burnett Heads Road, Bargara Road to Mittelheusers Road
  • Capricorn Highway, Dingo to Emerald
  • Capricorn Highway, Alpha to Emerald
  • Carnarvon Highway, Surat to St George
  • D’aguilar Highway, Moore to Blackbutt
  • Elliott Heads Road, Innes Park Road to Elliott Heads
  • Leichhardt Highway, Gore Highway to Moonie
  • Leichhardt Highway, Taroom to Miles
  • Maryborough Hervey Bay Road, Booral Road to Pialba–Burrum Heads Road
  • Moonie Highway, Moonie to Dalby
  • Peak Downs Highway, Bruce Highway to Walkerston
  • Pialba Burrum Heads Road, Craignish to Hervey Bay Road
  • Scenic Highway, Emu Park to Yeppoon
  • Warrego Highway, Kingsthorpe–Haden Road to Jondaryan
  • Warrego Highway, Macalister to Chinchilla
  • Warrego Highway, Jackson to Roma
  • Warrego Highway, Roma to Morven
  • Warrego Highway, Gatton to Helidon
  • Yeppoon Road, Neils Road to Appleton Drive

Far North Queensland

  • Abbott Street, Cairns
  • Aeroglen Drive, Captain Cook Highway to Cairns Western Arterial Road include with Kamerunga Road
  • Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti
  • El Arish Mission Beach Road, Bruce Highway to Mission Beach
  • Highleigh Road, Moller Street to Crossland Road (including Norman Street)
  • Kennedy Highway, Kuranda to Speewah
  • Mossman Daintree Road, Rocky Point to Wonga
  • Nathan Street, Townsville Ring Road to Woolcock Street
  • Ross River Road, Nathan Street to Thuringowa Drive
  • Sheridan Street, Cairns
  • Yorkeys Knob Road, Captain Cook Highway to Yorkeys Knob (include Varley Street)
  • Tully Mission Beach Road, Bruce Highway to South Mission Beach Road

The Brisbane Times

Canberra’s TV ratings for 2013 deliver win for WIN

December 4, 2013 – 11:04AM

Hamish Boland-Rudder

Reporter at The Canberra Times

The Voice winner Harrison Craig.

The Voice winner Harrison Craig.

State of Origin football has proved the big winner in Canberra’s television ratings for 2013, capping off an eleventh year on top for the WIN Network.

The first and third State of Origin matches were the only two programs to attract over 100,000 viewers in the southern NSW regional area that takes in Canberra in the 2013 results.

The Block Sky High auction and winners episodes also scored highly as one-off shows, but WIN has claimed The Voice as the number one regular program for the year, with an average audience of close to 51,000 viewers, pipping X-Factor whose average was about 41,000.

QLD players Cameron Smith, left, and Billy Slater, celebrating with fans at the State of Origin.

QLD players Cameron Smith, left, and Billy Slater, celebrating with fans at the State of Origin. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

The top rating Prime7 program for the year was the final of My Kitchen Rules, which captured almost 86,000 viewers.

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Southern Cross Ten’s top program was the live telecast of the third rugby union Test of the British Lions’ Australia tour, with about 54,000 viewers.

The results from Regional TAMS don’t include audience figures for ABC TV’s or SBS’s main channels.

On the secondary digital channels, the WIN network took out top spot with Gem’s coverage of the Ashes earlier in the year at 31,600 viewers, but was challenged by ABC2’s children’s program Octonauts and the Amazon Adventure, which pulled an audience close to 30,000.

ABC News 24 also made regular appearances in the top list of programs on the secondary channels, boosted by coverage of political events like Labor’s leadership spill (which took spots four, five, and 14 in the top 20 programs on the secondary channels) and Julia Gillard’s interview with Anne Summers.

GO!, Gem, ABC2 and ABC 24 dominated the top end of the ratings, with the first appearance from 7mate coming in at number 34 on the top programs list with coverage of Liverpool FC’s match against Melbourne Victory.

At the other end of the spectrum there were 45 programs across WIN, Prime and Southern Cross’ main channels that didn’t attract any viewers in the southern NSW region, and 872 programs on the secondary channels (which includes ABC and SBS’s secondary channels) which weren’t watched at all.

The Canberra Times