Is it a documentary, mockumentary or duckumentary?
Glen Fredericks, of Adamstown Heights, tells Topics that TAFE Screen and Media students are making a documentary on a selection of wildlife in and around Lake Macquarie.
It's more of a mockumentary, but could have been a lockumentary.
Glen is part of the crew, along with fellow students Britt Dorsett, Natalie Clover, Nikola Jokanovic and Hunter Carle.
"It'll be sprinkled with some good old Aussie comedy, steering it more towards the mockumentary genre," said Britt, of Rathmines.
The students were keen to get back on campus and sink their teeth into their Certificate 4 projects, now that lockdown is over.
"We were beginning to think that we'd have to resign ourselves to doing a lockumentary," Glen quipped.
When complete, the film will be available at facebook.com/mockumentaries.
Speaking of ducks, councillor Giacomo Arnott moved an urgent motion at Port Stephens Council on Tuesday, offering condolences to the duck population in Fern Bay.
The motion noted there had been "several car crashes on Nelson Bay Road at Fern Bay in recent months".
Community members were concerned that at least one of them was "due to a family of ducks crossing the road".
The motion said the same family of ducks that caused a recent crash were "subsequently run over while trying to cross the road". As such, the motion expressed "condolences to the local duck population at Fern Bay".
The motion called for the council to write to Transport NSW, asking for urgent action to install signs on the road "warning motorists of the potential for ducks to be crossing the road and in the general area".
Giacomo told Topics he "had a little bit of fun" with the motion, while adding that "ducks are cute".
"I've always wanted a duck, but I have chickens. My girlfriend Ruby won't let me have ducks. I don't think she knows how to take care of them or how they'd interact with the chickens," he said.
Topics: "Is she worried about a bit of duck-chicken conflict?"
Giacomo: "Apparently they get along quite well, but she's just not convinced."
Cook Scones Not The Planet
A picnic protest was held in Sydney and Gunnedah on Wednesday to target Whitehaven Coal.
The protest featured "free scones baked from wheat grown in the Namoi Valley".
Demonstrators shared scones baked using flour grown 20 kilometres south of the paddocks that Whitehaven "wants to carve up for coal", Lock the Gate Alliance said.
The Sydney protest picnic began at Deutsche Bank's Sydney office, "because the financial institution is playing a key role in the process of arranging $2 billion to help Whitehaven build three new coal mines".
Lock the Gate Alliance's Nic Clyde said companies like Whitehaven Coal "should not be pursuing dangerous coal mines and expansion".
"We say scones are a lot tastier than the 1.38 gigatonnes of new greenhouse gas emissions Whitehaven would produce from building three new coal mine projects as the climate crisis deepens," he said.
"You can't eat coal. We should be cooking scones, not the planet."