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Top of $1900 twice at Narranmore

07.22.2019, Comments Off on Top of $1900 twice at Narranmore, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Milling Stuart auctioneer Jamie Stuart, Dunedoo with vendor Christine O’Leary, Narranmore Poll Dorsets, Elong Elong and equal top price buyer Ian Stevenson, “Pilcabutta”, Coolah.POLL Dorset rams reached a top of $1900 twice at Christine and Ian O’Leary’s Narranmore Poll Dorset sale at Elong Elong on Friday.
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All 66 rams offered were sold with long-time clients returning to buy their annual selection. The rams averaged $1343.

Repeat client Ian Stevenson, “Pilcabutta”, Coolah, was the first to reach the top price of $1900 early in the sale for a 118-kilogram ram.

John Hunter and Robert Naef, bidding on behalf of Paul McGirr, Wongaboori Station, Mendooran took home the second ram to reach the top price, a 112-kilogram ram.

Milling Stuart auctioneer Angus Stuart, Dunedoo said the line of rams on offer were very even.

“It’s a really good, even line of rams and we’re happy with a total clearance – it’s a great result.”

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Sungold Field Days gets even better

07.22.2019, Comments Off on Sungold Field Days gets even better, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Sungold Field Days chairman Tony Rea says this year’s expo will have an even broader appeal.THE biggest Sungold Field Days in the event’s 34-year history will offer new additions and old favourites this week.
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From Wednesday to Friday the Allansford field days site will be packed with a record number of exhibitors that is expected to top 500.

About 50 of those will be attending the event for the first time.

Field days chairman Tony Rea said the event would be the biggest yet.

“We have a wonderful line-up of exhibitors who will all be eager to show their wares and to offer deals with the wider community of south-west Victoria,” Mr Rea said.

Along with the exhibitors will be an exciting line-up of entertainment, headlined by the high-octane fun of the Whip Industries motorbike team.

Four world-class riders will launch their Kawasaki KLX110L bikes into the air using purpose-built jump ramps and perform three choreographed shows over each of the field days.

The Cook and the Chef’s Simon Bryant will be another big name star.

The Adelaide-based chef will host cooking demonstations in the Cheese World marquee among the niche stall exhibitors.

The animal nursery will make a welcome return, as will helicopter flights.

The ever-popular vintage car, tractor and truck procession will showcase more than 20 vehicles and the entertaining GMHBA Farmers Challenge will put teams’ rural skills to the test on Thursday.

Live music will be hosted in the food court area, headlined by Benny Walker on Wednesday and Lloyd Spiegel on Friday.

Local talents Kayla Dwyer and Mitch Crute and Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Liz Stringer will also perform.

“We’ve had some good entertainment over the time,” Mr Rea said.

“We’ve tried to have something that would appeal to most people. We’ve always tried to cater for the ladies as well to have the indoor marquees, arts and craft and handcrafts and homemade jams and rhubarb.”

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Labor to bring back drought declarations

07.22.2019, Comments Off on Labor to bring back drought declarations, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has announced a new drought policy.NSW LABOR has pledged to reintroduce drought declarations and transport subsidies for stock and fodder.
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The new policy, announced over the weekend and in the lead-up to the March 28 State election, followed the Coalition’s $300 million drought funding package last week.

Labor’s subsidies would cover up to 50 per cent of stock, fodder and transport costs to a maximum of $20,000 a year for farmers in drought for nine months or more

Opposition leader Luke Foley made the announcement which he said delivered ” practical drought assistance” to help farmers get through the tough times.

“Farmers have one of the toughest jobs in our community, not only do they have to feed their own families but they work tirelessly to provide food for the rest of us as well – a responsibility that can become overwhelming in the depths of a devastating drought,” Mr Foley said.

“I believe it’s our communal obligation to support our farmers and farming communities when the rains fall to come.”

Other elements of the policy included $1.5 million to double the number of Rural Support Workers and and extra $20 million for water infrastructure grants.

Labor would also lobby the Federal Government to relax eligibility criteria for income support.

Labor’s spokesman for Primary Industries Steve Whan said it was crucial that the drought declaration system was reinstated so that government and the community had a real sense of who needed assistance and can get on with the job of providing it.

“This subsidy will assist in the cost of the transport of cattle fodder/or water to a property, stock to and from agistment and stock to sale or slaughter,” he said.

“The subsidy scheme recognises that farmers will take action to be drought-ready but even the best plans and preparations will not be enough to get through prolonged drought conditions. “Providing a subsidy gives farmers the ability to maintain their stock and recover quickly when the drought finally breaks.”

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Farmers are caught in Gunns trap

07.22.2019, Comments Off on Farmers are caught in Gunns trap, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Retired Northern Midlands farmer David Gatenby says landowners are sick of waiting for an outcome on land leased to collapsed timber giant Gunns. Photo: NEIL RICHARDSONALMOST two and a half years after Gunns collapsed, up to 300 Tasmanian farmers who leased land to the timber giant are still waiting to be paid.
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Farmers who entered agreements to have plantation trees grown on their land have lost between $16 million and $20 million a year in unpaid rent owed by Gunns, and remain unable to claim their land back.

The agreements were known as managed investment schemes. The land is owned by the farmers, but the trees belong to investors.

Unsure who now owns the trees, many of the plantations have been left unmanaged. The quality of the timber has been steadily declining, and farmers have been losing out in more ways than one.

Campbell Town farmer David Gatenby said farmers were sick of waiting for an outcome.

‘‘I’ve heard nothing really for two or three months,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m not quite sure how the court proceedings are going. PPB Advisory … they are the liquidators, they represent both the landowners and the investors, and it’s time they sorted it out.

‘‘We’re halfway through the third year, and it’s extremely frustrating because we were being paid rent before all this fell over, and the rent has just disappeared.’’

Farmers had believed that their contracts protected them with a clause reverting ownership of the trees to the landowners if no rent was received for 60 days, but this clause has been challenged by investors.

Mr Gatenby said farmers had been given the option to buy the trees in order to get their land back, but doing so would result in a forfeiture of rights to any future court settlement.

‘‘I don’t know what percentage have actually bought their trees. We’re sitting and waiting for a court decision,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got all these trees sitting on our land, and no one can tell us who actually owns them at this stage until a court decision is made.

‘‘We basically can’t touch them, we can’t prune them, we’re having people come and shoot of course, but the whole system has broken right down and no one’s got any clear direction with it all.’’

The lost rent payments have been a significant blow to farmers, some of whom had planned their retirements from the money.

Some farmers have also been forced to spend money on the plantations, some of which have not been maintained since Gunns’ collapse.

Mr Gatenby said the plantations could be a fire hazard if they were not managed.

‘‘We manage the farm around leasing these trees to Gunns, we’ve put infrastructure and we’ve put dams, and now there’s no money, so there’s a fair bit of stress, a huge amount of stress,’’ he said.

‘‘It needs managing, with fires and pests, insects and all those sorts of things, game of course needs to be managed, but if we don’t own the trees, why should we manage them?

‘‘I know some farmers that have actually sprayed for the insects, not so much in the pines but the eucalypts, and that’s a cost to them, but still they don’t know whether they own the trees or not.’’

Mr Gatenby said he was also losing money by being unable to run cattle on the plantation land, which would net roughly $10,000 a year.

Whatever happens with the plantations, farmers are hoping for an end to the uncertainty sooner rather than later.

‘‘The government has gone very quiet on this. I know it’s a private enterprise deal, but farmers are losing $20 million a year and we’re into the third year now, so it runs into big dollars, and they should be concerned about it,’’ Mr Gatenby said.

‘‘Probably the best case scenario would be that tomorrow the trees reverted to us. In an ideal world, some form of lease payment would be fantastic, but that’s not going to happen.

‘‘The longer it goes, the more money is spent in the court system. There is going to be less for farmers and investors in the long term. We want it resolved.’’

PPB Advisory did not respond to requests for comment.

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Ararat wind farm to supply power to ACT

07.22.2019, Comments Off on Ararat wind farm to supply power to ACT, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

A planned wind farm for Ararat will go ahead after government backing.A PLANNED Ararat wind farm will go ahead after the Australian Capital Territory government announced it would power Canberra with energy from the Wimmera.
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The future of RES Australia’s Ararat wind farm had been uncertain with a Federal Government review of the Renewable Energy Target and construction on hold.

The 20-year feed-in tariff will mean a significant portion of the wind farm’s total output will be contracted to the ACT.

Ararat is one of three wind farms that will provide 33 per cent of Canberra’s electricity.

RES Australia chief executive Matt Rebbeck said there would now be significant long-term investor security. He said construction would start later this year.

‘‘RES is very excited to be selected by the ACT for the feed-in tariff,’’ he said.

‘‘The award of the feed-in tariff clearly proves the Ararat wind farm is an excellent and highly competitive project and will provide the ACT with long-term, value-for-money renewable electricity.

‘‘The ACT feed-in tariff provides the cornerstone required to give certainty to investors and allow us to progress the project.’’

Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper said the announcement was great for the municipality.

‘‘There’s still the hurdle of RES locking down finance to build the thing, but with a guaranteed market, we’re optimistic we’re a lot closer than we were,’’ he said.

He said RES would be the municipality’s biggest ratepayer, allowing council to improve services without increasing rates.

‘‘RES provides on-farm income for the farmers who host the towers,’’ he said.

‘‘It will be contributing $75,000 a year in community grants for clubs and organisations and that is an enormous spin-off in building it.’’

Cr Hooper said there would be major employment opportunities and economic development in the municipality.

He said proposed wind farms in neighbouring shires would still need certainty from the Renewable Energy Target review to proceed.

‘‘There were four wind farms at risk because of the uncertainty of the RET,’’ he said.

‘‘Pyrenees has two, we have one and Northern Grampians has one, with a combined investment of nearly $1.7 billion.

‘‘The certainty in regards to the Renewable Energy Target is a significant road block to progressing these endeavours.’’

Cr Hooper said the government, the opposition and the Clean Energy Council were negotiating about the future of the target.

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Angry withdraws as Nationals candidate

06.21.2019, Comments Off on Angry withdraws as Nationals candidate, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Rose Tattoo frontman and community activist Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson has stepped down as The Nationals candidate for Cessnock.ANGRY Anderson is withdrawing his candidacy for the electoral district of Cessnock in the upcoming NSW election.
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Rose Tattoo frontman and long-time community activist Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson was preselected as The Nationals candidate for the seat of Cessnock in September 2014.

“A lot of people in the Hunter are fed up with politics as usual, and I intend to shake things up a bit,” he said after his preselection.

“We’ve got a solid set of policies to take to the election but I think you need more than that – you need people in parliament with the integrity and courage to speak up for ordinary families.”

Mr Anderson said in a statement on Saturday he had made the difficult decision to withdraw for personal reasons.

“I believe in Cessnock and I think there is just such great potential for the area and so much to be optimistic about,” he said.

“But it has been let down by successive Labor members and the area has to be brave enough to make a change for the better to a new representative.

“For personal reasons I have decided that I am unable to be that standard bearer.

“I passionately support the National Party and I will stand shoulder to shoulder with whoever is selected to fight for Cessnock and Kurri Kurri’s fair share.”

NSW Nationals Leader Troy Grant said the Party respected Mr Anderson’s decision and wished him luck for the future.

“I have great respect for Angry and accept his decision to withdraw his candidacy.”

The NSW Nationals will immediately move to select a new candidate for the seat of Cessnock and will advise their details shortly.

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Young gun cowgirl moves up the ranks

06.21.2019, Comments Off on Young gun cowgirl moves up the ranks, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Shianne O’Donoghue Kent will be one to watch this Saturday at Ballarat. Photo: Dave Ethell
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ONE of the young guns in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association will be the cowgirl to watch at the Ballarat Rodeo this Saturday.

Bunyip rider Shianne O’Donoghue-Kent wasn’t in the top-20 in APRA all around cowgirl standings at Christmas and has now moved into fourth after success on the Christmas Run in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

She moved from ninth to second in barrel racing standings to secure a spot in the nationals finals at the Warwick Australian Championships Rodeo on October 22-25.

O’Donoghue-Kent won’t get it all her own way at Ballarat as fellow Victorian Leslie Moore is one of the best in the business in the barrel race.

At the rough stock end of the arena, Maldon rider Tody Collins has nominated for the bull, saddle bronc and bareback bronc rides. He is the only rider to regularly compete in all three rough stock events in the APRA.

His toughest opposition in saddle bronc will come from Heyfield (Vic) rider Lee Bowker, a former Queensland rider who is a title winner in the APRA.

The Ballarat Rodeo will be held on February 14, 6.30pm at the Ballarat Polocrosse Grounds.

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Outstanding display at Monaro Merino Muster

06.21.2019, Comments Off on Outstanding display at Monaro Merino Muster, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Thermoskin Sydney director Henry King presenting the ribbon to Drew Chapman, West Plains Poll Merino stud, Delegate, for the Thermoskin Ram of the Year at the Monaro Merino Muster.KEEN interest was shown in the excellent presentation of stud and commercial Merino sheep displayed during the third Monaro Merino Muster held at Jindabyne.
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The Commercial Pen of Eight Ewes sponsored by Gordon Litchfield Wool, Cooma drew seven entries when judged by Lou Armstrong, “Pemcaw” Merino stud, Dunedoo.

The winning pen bred by Lawrence and Melissa Clifford “Bindaree” Berridale was based on “Cottage Park” genetics for the past five years.

Mr Armstrong complimented all entries and said it was ”lovely to see such quality sheep.”

“There was not much variation between first and last, and the sheep are a credit to the breeders,” Mr Armstrong said.

Gordon Litchfield Wool Pty Ltd, Cooma director Gordon Litchfield congratulated Mr Clifford on his success.

“With sheep being bred like these on the Monaro, more people should realise the Merino sheep has a great future,” Mr Litchfield said.

Mr Clifford was also successful when parading one of his champion pen of ewes to win the Monaro Commercial Ewe of the Year sponsored by Fabstock.

In the Premium Three Lamb Rams category sponsored by Southern Tablelands Fibre Testing and judged by Mr Armstrong, the entry from the “Greenlands” Merino stud, Bungarby was successful in taking first place.

There was also keen interest in the Thermoskin Ram of the Year class.

Six outstanding young rams were paraded before Mr Armstrong who gave the nod to a Poll ram exhibited by Drew Chapman, “West Plains” Poll Merino stud, Delegate.

The ram had previously been judged Supreme at the Great Southern Merino Show in Canberra.

“Not too many times a Poll gets over horned sheep these days but he is an outstanding sheep,” Mr Armstrong said.

Speaking at the end of the day, president of the Monaro Merino Muster committee, Simon King “Avonside” Merino stud, Cooma, thanked all exhibitors and sponsors for their contribution to the annual event.

“It was a great day. We would have liked to see more commercial spectators, but the quality of the sheep presented was exceptional,” Mr King said.

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Doubts raised over AGL investigation

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The choice of a former mining industry consultant to head a government investigation into AGL’s discovery of toxic chemicals at its coal-seam gas operations raises doubts about the probe’s impartiality, a local opposition group says.
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Lee Shearer, an ex-NSW policewoman from the Newcastle region, is overseeing the Department of Resources and Energy’s probe of the AGL’s coal-seam gas operations near Gloucester. The company was ordered to suspend its pilot project last month after revealing it had detected banned BTEX chemicals in its flowback water after fracking.

You have to question if someone who has worked as a consultant in the mining industry is best placed to lead an investigation into AGL’s CSG activities in Gloucester

Energy Minister Anthony Roberts praised Ms Shearer, now in charge of his department’s compliance and enforcement unit. “As former senior NSW police officer, Lee Shearer is just a remarkable individual, so we take compliance very seriously,” Mr Roberts told a delegation to Sydney last week from the anti-CSG group, Groundswell Gloucester.

The residents group, though, said Ms Shearer’s past role as a consultant to the mining industry, including “managing crisis situations” fanned worries about her independence.

On her own page on the LinkedIn website, Ms Shearer details her expertise in assisting companies “in dealing with community sensitive issues such as land acquisition” and “managing volatile community response”. “Lee is acutely aware of protecting the brand of the client whilst managing difficult situations,” the entry states.

“We call on [Energy Minister Roberts] to suspend the AGL Gloucester gas field licence until a thorough investigation of the entire wholly inadequate approval is undertaken by a totally independent investigator,” said Julie Lyford, a former Gloucester mayor and spokeswoman for Groundswell Gloucester.

“No one is questioning the integrity or the highly experienced qualifications of Ms Shearer,” Ms Lyford said. “We are questioning the ability of the minister to show full impartiality and employ, again from the public purse, a suitably qualified investigator with no links to the mining or coal-seam gas industry.”

Mr Roberts suspended AGL’s operations on January 28 pending the results of a probe into the source of chemicals in the BTEX group – benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes – found in flowback water. Benzene is a known carcinogen.

The chemicals can occur naturally in coal and gas deposits, and AGL said it did not use them in its fracking.

A spokesman for Mr Roberts said Ms Shearer had not worked as a consultant since joining the department in June last year.

“The DRE investigation will be thorough, robust and transparent,” the spokesman said, with the final report to be made public.

“Ms Shearer brings a wealth of investigative experience,” the spokesman said, including serving in the police force for 23 years. “To suggest otherwise is false and misleading.”

Opposition Leader Luke Foley, who has called for a moratorium on coal-seam gas in NSW, said the public may not have the “full confidence in the inquiry and the findings”.

“You have to question if someone who has worked as a consultant in the mining industry is best placed to lead an investigation into AGL’s CSG activities in Gloucester,” Mr Foley said. “This inquiry needs to get to the bottom of what has occurred in Gloucester and the public needs to have confidence in the process.”

Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said it was vital for any investigator to be completely independent and have the expertise necessary.

“Despite the Chief Scientist’s [Mary O’Kane’s] report and commitments to ‘world’s best practice’, the government continues to make decisions that undermine trust and facilitate the coal-seam gas industry,” Mr Buckingham said, adding it was time for coal-seam gas to be banned in the state.

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Showgirls comp heads to Sydney

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Dungog Showgirl, Prue McDonald, and Gosford Showgirl, Samantha Hardie, will represent Zone 5 in the 2015 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition final in Sydney next month.The State final presentation for The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition will be held on Sunday March 29 from 1:30pm in the Amphitheatre at Sydney Showground.
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ZONE finals for the 2015 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition kicked off on the weekend, with four showgirls now confirmed for the final on Sydney next month.

The Zone 5 final was hosted by Newcastle Show Society, and from the 16 showgirls who attended, Dungog Showgirl Prue McDonald, 20, and Gosford showgirl Samantha Hardie, 23, were selected to represent the zone.

Prue grew up on family’s dairy farm and is studying a combined law/arts degree at the University of Newcastle, while Samantha has completed Bachelor of Planning at the University of NSW.

Zone 5 takes in the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW (ASC) Group 3 (Hunter River) and Group 12 (Castlereagh).

Ellie Stephens, from Tregeagle, representing the North Coast National Agricultural Society, Lismore, was one of the Zone 1 winners and hopes it might be second time lucky.

Ellie, an accountant with an interest in agribusiness and succession planning, represented Zone 1 at the Sydney Royal in 2012.

Real estate business development manager, Emma Marks, Pottsville, will join Ellie in Sydney and represent Tweed River Agricultural Society.

Emma is completing a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture by correspondence at Charles Sturt University.

Zone 1 comprises ASC Group 1 (Far North Coast) and Group 2 (Mid North Coast), and Maclean Show Society hosted the final this year.

This weekend Gunnedah Show Society will host the Zone 4 zone final.

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