Joomla website very slow to load

This website home page is extremely slow to load, I've removed a youtube vid and Facebook social media plugin (comments) as I thought it was that, however it still takes ages to load.

Could be due to the photo gallery plugins?

Any assistance in speeding the page load times would be appreciated.
TonyCaboneAsked:
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TonyCaboneAuthor Commented:
Here's the site:

www.asbc.net.au
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
This page http://www.uptrends.com/aspx/free-html-site-page-load-check-tool.aspx says that your site when checked from Melbourne takes 12.4 seconds to load.  Half of that is waiting for the initial file to load which indicates to me that the database access is slowing it down.  You are loading 69 files for that first page.
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TonyCaboneAuthor Commented:
Is 69 files a lot for a web page?

I thought maybe it's due to the image gallery plugin doing something in the background? What can I do to speed things up?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Fewer files means faster loading to some degree.  Today you are up to 74 files and 3.4MegaBytes which is a lot.  It might be your photo gallery, I can't tell.  But less stuff, definitely!  People would rather see 'less' quickly than 'more' slowly.  They don't like to wait.
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TonyCaboneAuthor Commented:
But there's only 4 jpg's & 7 png's being loaded (all very small), plus a couple of tiny background images.

Where's the 3.4MB I wonder?
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TonyCaboneAuthor Commented:
I think it's the 'random image extended' module causing the grief. I've removed it for now, see if it loads OK on your end now.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That's better.  http://www.uptrends.com/aspx/free-html-site-page-load-check-tool.aspx says you're down to 60 files, 6.5 seconds, and 1.1MB.  You should go there and see what is actually loading.  One of your mootools js files is 262KB.
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