Keeping children safe

STAY SAFE: Eglinton Public School captain Jane Sheather, vice captain Lachlan Taylor and kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Big Red truck. Photo:CHRIS SEABROOK 102516cdaniel
Nanjing Night Net

IN 2003, 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe was abductedfrom the side of the road as he waited for a bus.

He was later killed, his remains not found fornearly eight years.

His story is well-known throughout Australia and has spawned the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which now aims toeducatechildren about personal safety through various school-run programs.

On Tuesday, Eglinton Public School was visited by the foundation’s Big Red truckin a joint-effort with the Australian Federal Police to continue spreading its message.

Assistant principal Ross James said child safety is a very important part of the curriculum at Eglinton Public School.

“It is important for every child to remain safe and ensure that while they are in our care they are safe,” he said.

The school has participated in Day for Daniel, held onOctober 28, for the past three years, but Tuesday was the first time the truckhad visited.

Educators from the truckwere keen to spread one vital message to students: recognise, react and report.

Students were told to trust their instincts in unusual situations and react accordingly.

“In a lot of situations about child safety, instincts tell us that if you don’t feel safe, you probably aren’t safe,” Mr James said.

Internet safety was another focal point of talks during the visit.

Studentswere told to protect their identities online, regularly changes passwords, restrict social media use until they’re over 13 years of age and never add someone they don’t knowas a friend on social media.

“It is one of our biggest concerns and I don’t think we are aware about how dangerous it can be,” Mr James said.

Eglinton Public School will participate in formal Day for Daniel activities on Friday.

Students will wear red to school in support of the day and talk about a specific child safety issue in classrooms, which will be shared at an assembly later in the day.

Mr James said the Daniel Morcombe Foundation has made addressing these issues with students easier thanks to itssupply of classroomresources.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Funding boost for Wimmera schools

Seven Wimmera schools have received new state government funding for buildings. WIMMERAschools will be able to upgrade old buildings after the state government announced new money for maintenance.
Nanjing Night Net

Seven Wimmera schools are among 400 schools to share in $40 million.

Hopetoun P-12 College will receive $246,000, Horsham Primary School will receive $166,000 andHorsham West and Haven Primary School will receive $60,000.

Dimboola Primary School will receive $47,000, Kaniva College $29,000, Apsley Primary School $13,000 and Beulah Primary School $5000.

Hopetoun P-12 College principal Tony Hand said he was ecstatic to learn about the money.

“We haven’t got the finer details yet about where exactly we can spend it, but it will certainly contribute to our refurbishment work in putting all the students onto one campus,” he said.

The collegemoved all of its students onto the senior school campus from the start of this year.

Previously there was about onekilometre between the junior and senior sites.“This money will allow us to now focus on some of the secondary school buildings and remove some old, decommissioned buildings,” Mr Hand said.

“We had plans in place for these buildings, but we weren’t expecting any money, so this willallowus to get our plans into action.”

Mr Handsaid merging the school’s two campuses had been a positive move.

“The transition of all students onto one campus has been exceptionally smooth, which is a credit to students, staff and the community,” he said.

Horsham Primary School principal Chris Walter said how the money would be spent was still to be decided.

“We are really pleased got some money and it is always very helpful to our school,” he said.

Education Minister James Merlino said the funding boost would allow more schools to replace or upgrade building that were in poor conditions.

“It’s important our teachers and students have the first-rate classrooms they deserve,” he said.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Shire canoe club face a very Hawkesbury Halloween

Big day: Sutherland Shire Canoe Club members. Picture: SuppliedWhile you and your kids are out trick-or-treating this weekend, some of theShire’s fittest and fastest will be spending their Saturday night in a very differentway.
Nanjing Night Net

Around 14 members of the Sutherland Shire Canoe Club have entered theannual Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, a 111km overnight paddle that raises fundsfor the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation.

The Classic, now in its 40thyear, starts at Windsor and ends at Mooney MooneyBridge at Brooklyn, on the Hawkesbury River.

The paddlers will leave Windsor in groups between 3pm and 5pm on Saturdayafternoon, with the fastest taking around 8.5 hours to do the route, arriving inBrooklyn at around 2am. The average paddler will take 13 hours while theslowest will take 16-19 hours – and probably get to see the sun rise.

“A few of our paddlers – and about two-thirds of the entire field – have enteredwhat’s called ‘Brooklyn or Bust’ which is simply focused on finishing the eventrather than racing,” club presidentSteve Dawson said.

“The rest are racing classes divided by boat type, age, and gender. Personally I’drather finish fast because sitting for longer in a boat is physically worse thanworking harder.”

Among the club members hopeful of good results are Dawson and his wife,Kate, who are record holders from previous years, as well as fellow husband andwife team, Ross and Robyn Bingle. Other hot tips are Bob Turner and JasonCooper paddling together, and Kristy Benjamin.

Steve and Ross covered the distance last year in less than nine hours (8h:46m).Bob and Kristy have also posted sub-ninehour paddles previously. Others whohave competed before but not this year will be at the river as support crew.

All the club members who have entered have been training hard. Most haveclocked up 40-50km each weekend; the Dawsons have been doing 60-80km.

Many have been cross-training too, either running or cycling.While it might seem a punishing way to spend a weekend, Mr Dawson saidfinishing the 111km race comes with a real sense of achievement – and more.

“The event has a great atmosphere. Everybody encourages others as they passin the night. In last year’s race, where Ross and I were racing for a podiumposition, we were paddling alongside the other leaders, chatting and swappingstories for almost the entire race,” he said.

“When we came across a paddler in difficultly, all the lead boats stopped tocheck they were okay, even though we didn’t need to. When we knew they werealright, we all went off again together.

“The chatter stopped in the final two kilometres as everyone got down tobusiness. We finished third, two seconds behind the boat that came second.

“There are tough times, because it is such hard work. Between 40km and 60km isthe worst, while the final 30km is almost a relief. Crossing the line is ecstasy.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the cause can do so via the club’sEveryday Hero account.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Moulder Park receives facelift

FRESH USE: NSW Minister for Sports Stuart Ayres, Nationals candidate for Orange Scott Barrett and Orange mayor John Davis at Moulder Park. Photo: JUDE KEOGHONE of Moulder Park’s most forlorn areas is set to become far busier, with $75,000 to spent in the next two financial years.
Nanjing Night Net

Orange mayor John Davis, NSW Minister forTrade, Tourism, Major Events andSports Stuart Ayres andNationals candidate for Orange Scott Barrett announced $25,000 from the state government’s Community Building Partnerships fund would match $25,000 from the council this financial year for outdoor courts andgames.

The council would spend a further $25,000 in the 2017-18 financial year to complete the project.

Plans include a hardcourt futsal field, a basketball court,permanent table tennis facilities and fencing atthe old netball courts along the Lords Place side of the park.

Orange City Council applied for the funding in July.

Cr Davis hoped the popularity of theneighbouring playground facilities at the corner of Warrendine Street would extend to the netball courtsite once it was complete.

“Usually at weekends, you’ll find at least50 or 150 people on the corner here –I would suggest that will probably double,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to use this hardstand area, it’s already here.”

Cr Davis said the growing number of families was a challenge for the council.

“The last Census figures showed that the biggest part of our population was infants, from nought to four years old so in 10 years’ time, we’re going to have 15-year-old kids that need amenities and sporting facilities,” he said.

“We’ve got libraries, we’vegot art galleries, we’ve got theatres, we’ve got food and wine, but there’s the pressure to havesporting facilities for our young people.”

However, the money is contingent on Mr Barrett’s success at the November 12 byelection.

Mr Barrett confirmed $25,000 had been earmarked for theelectorate, but which project was ultimately chosen would fall to the successful candidate.

He said hewould put the priority on Moulder Park if he was elected.

“The local MP has the weighting on that one,” he said.

“These little projects here and there are ones that make towns like Orange…tick, they’re the ones I want to invest in to make sure our communities remain strong.”

Mr Ayres said it was a good plan to improve the use of the area.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Our sayToo many tears as Oberon mourns as one

WHEN the Oberon Tigers made a brilliant start to this year’s Group 10 season, the whole town was buzzing with excitement.
Nanjing Night Net

One of the great joys of living in a small town is the chance to share in the success of others and to really feel part of something bigger than yourself.

When the Tigers were winning, there was only one topic of conversation in the local pubs and cafes –and everyone had a smile on their face.

Tragically, those smiles are missing today as the town again comes together and again shares a single story –this time the tragic death of two young men in a single vehicle crash on Saturday morning.

Jack Fenton and Luke Foley, who both proudly wore the Oberon Tigers colours, suffered fatal injuries in the crash while their mate Riley McFawn remains in hospital.

The town that was celebrating together earlier this year is now mourning as one.

Sadly, Oberon is not the only town going through such trauma this week.

Jack and Luke were just two of the eight people who died in five crashes within a few hours of each other over the weekend, prompting yet another warning from police about the need to take care on the roads.

A total of 320 people have died on NSW roads in 2016, 38 more than the same period last year. And unfortunately, the western region is over-represented in that figure.

Thatdoesn’t even include the number of people who have been seriously injured.

So police have made yet another plea for all of us to take extra care on the roads.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Acting Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy summed it up perfectly when he addressed the media about the high number of fatalities on Monday.

“Before you venture out on the road, ask yourself the question; What can I do today to survive? What action can I take to ensure that I, and people around me, are not at risk of being injured or killed on the road?”he said.

It’s a powerful message for every driver that gets behind the wheel.

Police are aiming for a road toll of zero and dedicate millions of dollars in resources every year to try and make that a reality.

And while we likely willnever get there, that should be the aim for all of us.

The legacy of too many deaths on the road must be an awareness that none of us is bullet-proof –young or old.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Dedicated worker Bec is honoured

Steve Collier presents Bec Heitzmann with her prestigious award.Bec Heitzman remained humble whenshe received a prestigious MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award for her work as Kaloma Home for the Aged lifestyle officer.
Nanjing Night Net

Bec said she wasn’t expecting a win and was just looking forward to the gala when she attended theRegional Achievement and Community Awards in Brisbane lastFriday, October 21.

“I was stunned,” she said. Bechelps residents enhance their day to day lives by finding themmeaningful activities and ways to remain useful. She wasn’t interested in accolades, and was more comfortable praising those around her.

“I have a lot of support from families and have an exceptionally supportive CEO. It takes everyone to make the wheel turn,” she said.

“She really is the most superb human being,” Kaloma chief executive officer Penni Roberts said.

“She makes such a difference to the residents’ lives. It’s really quite beautiful to watch.” Penni nominated Bec for the award, and said she’d made a mark on residents and staff alike.

“I think unless you’ve got anything to do with Kaloma or have someone in an aged care home, you can’t even begin to imagine how powerful that position is,” she said. She said Bec had a gift for making residents feel needed, giving them meaningful volunteer roles as gardeners, coffee servers and greeters.

“The best thing you can do for an older person is to make them feel useful. So they do lots of things themselves,” Bec said.

Penni agreed. “If you can have an older person feel useful, then you have less depression, you have a greater sense of involvement, you have happier residents – and it’s a very happy place here,” she said.

Julie Cornes, thedaughter of a Kalomaresident, was pleased to write a testimonial recommending Bec for the award. In it, she recountedwitnessing Bec’s graceful handling of a difficult problem.

“When I commented on her handling of the situation, Bec said ‘she treated those in her care the way she hoped to be treated if in aged care herself one day’.We as a society would do well to remember those words as we all age,” she said.

“Surely this is what we all aim for in life regardless of age and position; respect, dignity, friendship and happiness.”

Julie was just one of many people full of praise, with Bec a popular nomination for Kaloma’s monthly achievement and encouragement awards. Comments from her co-workers included a comparison to angels, a compliment on her dancing skills and several gushing statements on her natural ability to reach residents.

Kaloma was also nominated for anexcellence in care award. The centre were close to a win,reaching the finals as oneof four applications outof a total of150.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Throwback Thursday: Merewether Ocean Baths re-openedphotos

Throwback Thursday: Merewether Ocean Baths re-opened | photos November 1935: The opening of Merewether Ocean Baths.
Nanjing Night Net

November 20: Perfect day for a swim. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: The finished product. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Jillane and Robert Mander of Sydney with their grandchildren enjoying the revamped facility. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: The first swimmers make their move. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20, 9am: Waiting for the baths to open. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20, 9am: The final touches on opening day. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20, 9am: The final touches on opening day. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20, 9am: The final touches on opening day. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: 6am at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Merewether Ocean Baths at 6am on opening day: Picture: Marina Neil

November 2014: The baths reopen to the public after a 10-month upgrade. The view at 5.40am. Picture: Darren Pateman

Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Alan Potts of Charlestown watching on as workmen apply finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether resident Peter Wilson watching as workmen apply the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

July 2014: Revamp taking shape. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

May 2014: Early days of revamp. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

March 2014: Work begins at the baths. Picture: Darren Pateman

February 2014: The last swimming day before the renovations. Picture: Ryan Osland

February 2014: Mackerals Members Mark Cavanough and Roy Gibbs. Picture: Simone De Peak

February 2013: Soaking up the sun. Picture: Darren Pateman

February 2013. Picture: Darren Pateman

December 2013: The Hunter coastline hit by a huge swell. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2013: Checking out the baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2103: Kristie Martin of Lambton cooling off. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2013: Enjoying a hot summer day. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2013: Watching the waves break. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

August 2012: Olympic swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes. Picture: Dean Osland

August 2012: A large swell hits the Newcastle coastline.

May 2012: Warm weather in the Hunter. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2012: Father Peco Petrovski makes his way to the Macedonian Orthodox community’s blessing of the water and diving for the cross at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Simone De Peak

Picture: Chris Topevski finds the flowers at the bottom of the ocean baths at the Macedonian Orthodox community’s blessing of the water. Simone De Peak

August 2011: Bonfils enjoys a swim. Picture: Simone De Peak

July 2011: Fisherman brave the weather conditions. Picture: Darren Pateman

July 2011: A surfer patiently waits for a break in large sets of waves. Picture: Simone De Peak

May 2011: Swimmers brave the cold conditions. Picture: Darren Pateman

August 2010: A lifeguard struggles with a flag. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

September 2009: Denis Hainsworth of Merewether takes an early morning dip during the red dust storm. Picture: Simone De Peak

February 2008: Sophie Back watches her father Gary Back paint the Merewether Baths with Go Jets. Picture: Natalie Grono

January 2008: A busy day at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Simone De Peak

October 2007: Jets player Joel Griffiths. Picture: Simone De Peak

October 2007: Taking a dive. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

October 2007: Taking a dive. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

February 2007: The Maritime Museum unveiled plans to hold a Maritime ball on a floating marquee on atop Merewether Baths. Picture: Peter Stoop

January 2007: Jets recovery session. Picture: Darren Pateman

September 2006: Gary Hughes of Merewether soaks up some rays. Picture: Simone De Peak

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

March 2006: Alan Baker takes a dip. Picture: Peter Stoop

February 2006: Police attend Merewether Ocean Baths after a bone was found. Picture: Simone De Peak

November 2005: Taking the plunge. Picture: Simone De Peak

November 2005: People cooling off. Picture: Simone de Peak

July 2004: Massive surf at Merewether. Picture: Darren Pateman

February 2004: Swimmers take relief from a hot day in Newcastle. Picture: Darren Pateman

July 2004: Massive surf at Merewether. Picture: Darren Pateman

August 2004: Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Glen McCurtayne

February 2005: Clean up. Picture: Stefan Moore

October 2004: Pool safety. Picture: Quentin Jones

December 2004: Early morning at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Darren Pateman

March 2001: Mackeral swimming club members at Merewether Baths.

Merewether Ocean Baths in the early days.

November 1935: The opening of Merewether Ocean Baths.

TweetFacebook The life and times of Merewether Ocean Baths THIS time two years ago, keen swimmers were jumping for joy as Merewether Bathsreopened after its $4 million upgrade.

To celebrate the iconic fixture on our coastline, we take a look back to the history of the baths –all the way back to 1935.

Our sayMore wine show success? We’ll drink to that

THE ongoing success of the National Cool Climate Wine Show has made the Bathurst Regional Vignerons Association the mouse that roared.
Nanjing Night Net

Bathurst’s wine-making industry is dwarfed by neighbouring regions such as Orange and Mudgee yet it now wields an influence far beyond its size.

The wine show started in 1999 and has gone from strength to strength over the past 17 years,now attractinghundreds of entries in a dazzling range of categories.

It is recognised as one of the premier wine shows in regional Australia and is a highlight on the wine industry’s calendar.

There have been two real keys to its success: first, the hard-working local committee that dedicates countless hours every year to developing the event and, second, the support of some of Australia’s most respected wine judges, including chief judge Tim Knappstein.

It is the presence of judges such as Mr Knappstein that give the National Cool Climate Wine Show real credibility and ensures it attracts entries from across Australia.

But the show is also important to the continuing development of Bathurst’s broader food and wine industry.

In recent years the organisers have tried a number of different formats in an attempt to build on the success of the wine show and spin it off into a larger festival.

BRE&D Week shone brightly –ifbriefly – as a series of support events built aroundthe wine show which added a vitality to the local food scene and celebrated what Bathurst can do differently to its neighbours.

And that has to be the focus in future years.

What Bathurst lacks in size as a food and wine destination it makes up for in quality, but the battle has always been to get that message heard over the roar of the V8s.

Rather than compete against the city’s association with motor sport, though, our food and wine providers must find ways to harness that incredible brand awareness for their own benefit.

Bathurst’s proximity to Sydney gives the city an extra edge over the larger wine industries in Mudgee and Orange and –in theory, at least – having just a few wineries here should improve the co-ordination between them.

Local vignerons have already shown through the wine showwhat can be achieved by working togetherand proved that when it comes to food and wine, bigger is not always better.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Sweet approach to planting

Shane Causley, Warregah Island on the Lower Clarence, has changed his approach to tillage for the better.ON Shane Causley’s lower Clarence cane farm the spring planting is complete and he is finding himself at a loss for things to do.
Nanjing Night Net

It wasn’t always this way but a new approach topreparation has reduced the workwhile benefiting the soil, and the crop.

“We used to employ one man to rotary hoe ahead of planting but we no longer use that implement,” he said. “Now I can work more country with less. I look after 650 acres now and I reckon I could do another third again.”

Since 2013 Mr Causley, a fifth generation Clarence Valley farmer, now living on tiny Warregah Island, has avoided over working his sandy loam in favour of minimal till.

Pulling an Illinois-built Nifty-Ag strip tiller behind a 90hp John Deere tractor he can prepare 4ha an hour while burning 12 litres of diesel compared to the much slower rotary hoe which required 30l/hrworth of fuel.

Shane Causley’s Niffty Ag strip tiller, pulled behind a 90hp John Deere.

“The worst thing about the rotary hoe was that it destroyed soil structure and if we then got two inches of rain the ground went rock hard and I’d have to start all over again,” he said.

“Rain used to be my enemy. Now it’s my friend.”

As an example previous ground preparation on paddocks that required plant cane involved busting sod with a disc plough then a pass with the rotary hoe before a deep rip then another pass with the rotary hoe before leaving the soil under black fallow. Finally, just before planting, there would be another pass with that damnedrotary hoe before planting.

“And if it rained we’d have to start again.”

Now Mr Causley gives the ground a 40cm deep rip followed by strip tillage and bed formation before cane planting.

With soybeans in rotationafter the fifth rattoon the only work required is to strip till before planting beans.

“We made a few mistakes in the early years by trying to go allno-tillbut that didn’t work. The ground was too hard and the growth of beans too uneven,” recalled Mr Causley who was inspired to grow cane from his grandfather Sam.

His father Ian is best known for his unflinching involvement with both State and Federal Parliament.

Mr Causley adopted controlled traffic on his farm eight years ago and never looked back with all implements set on 1.8m centres or multiples thereof.

For example the cane planter is 1.8m wide between wheels, the strip tiller three times that and the harvester 7.2m.

“Everything matches,” he says. “The stool area remains soft and the wheel lanes hard.

“My grandfatherused to say you will only bog as deep as you plough but in those wheel lanes we don’t plough and I can get back on the paddock a week before my neighbour.”

Mr Causley says his soft cropping area is now ‘more mellow’ and it is full of earthworms, a situation that didn’t exist in the days when soil was worked up to a ‘fine till’.

The soybean rotation also conditions his soil and he notices it is more friable after crop of beans.

“The soil is alive,” he says.

Sugar futuresecure for committed growersCANE growers on the Northern Rivers are in a sweet spot with good prices, a favourable dollar and new varieties that are yielding impressive returns.

The bright space that growers connected to the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative now occupy will make those tempted to switch to other crops – like macadamia nuts or rice – think twice before deserting their sustainably-certified co-operative arrangement.

Sunshine Sugar’s general manager, Ian McBean, says sugar production on the Tweed, Richmond and Clarence Rivers is a good news story that growers should continue to embrace – especially now with a net return on two-year old cane, after harvesting costs, realising up to $5000/ha.

Projected tonnage this year is expected to be around 2.2 million tonnes,double thelow production yearof2012 which washampered by weather.

Modern techniques like the use of controlled traffic, widely adopted in the last six years, and new varieties of cane like Q208 which averages 21t sugar/ha (compared to 13t sugar/ha in the old favourite BN83-3120) mean more bang for the buck.

The Northern Rivers sugar industry has been around since the late 1800s and has established its credentials as the most reliable and profitable crop long term to grow on the floodplains where the risks to other less resilient crops is significant, Mr McBean said.

“The sugar industry is a major contributor to the economy of the area and provides the community with employment opportunities, growth and prosperity.

“It is one of the region’s biggest employers with total direct and indirect employment in the region estimated at 2200 people including 450 mill and refinery employees and 650 cane farmers.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Sign of the times for icon

Historic moment: Peter Ruck, Joe Krinelos and Aaron Boscov were in Parramatta’s Auto Alley last week to see their sign removed by cranes from Heartland Holden.
Nanjing Night Net

More than 60 years of history was removed fromParramatta’s “Auto Alley”last week.

End of an era: The Holden House sign was a Parramatta icon until it was pulled down last Wednesday. It’s been there since the 1950s. Picture: Isabella Lettini

The Holden House neon sign has been a Church Street institution since the 1950s.

It waserected on top ofFair Deal Car Sales – Boyded Holden showroom, which is now Heartland Holden.

The sign was sold to motoring memorabilia collectorsAaron Boscov,Peter Ruck andJoe Krinelos for an undisclosed sum.

Mr Boscov’s father was surfing the internet when he came across thesign for sale via expressions of interest.

“It’s a classic case of it was meant to be,”Mr Boscov said.

“This sign is considered a masterpiece. We wanted to ensure the sign is preserved and in good hands.”

It followslengthynegotiations withHeartland Holden. Mr Boscov paid tribute to the dealership in making the deal possible.

“They wanted to ensure the sign was going to a good home, and would be enjoyed for many years to come.

“Once the deal was secured, wehad to organise the logistics side of things in terms of electrical disconnection, a boiler maker to unfix the sign from the frame, crane company to lower the sign, then securely transport the sign to our collection,”he told theSun.

The sign is on displayin the trio’sprivate collection tobe appreciated and preserved.

“It’s a sigh of relief.”

“We’ve been after the sign for many years and feared that it would be removed and forgotten with the proposed development of the site,

“We’re now able to sit back and view the sign in a similar setting while we take a trip back down memory lane and admire a period in time where the Holden brand dominated the automotive industry.

“It’s more just than a sign. It’s iconic to a city and an Aussie brand which once upon a time dominated the automotive industry within Australia. ”

Mr Ruck wants to find outmore about the sign’s history.

“We’re trying to find out how old the sign is,” Mr Ruck said.

“It was one of the last neon signs left in Sydney. We couldn’t have gotten a bettersigniconic to Australia. The sign will mean a lot more when Holden closes down its Australianmanufacturing operationsnext year.”

Mr Boscov added: “We enjoy motoring history and think it’s important for the future preservation of the sign.We’re also interested in hearing of past experiences of people with the sign or building. We’ve had a number of people mention how either themselves or family have worked at the premises once upon a time, or visited Church Street in the early days just to observe it in the night sky.”

What are your earliest memories of the sign? Email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Hewson’s Wallaroos show improvement

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: In her second game as captain of the Wallaroos, Ashleigh Hewson and her team showed plenty of fight. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Nanjing Night Net

VINCENTIA’S Ashleigh Hewson and herAustralian Wallaroos lost to New Zealand in a significantly improved performance on Wedneday, going down 29-3 in Auckland.

The Wallaroos looked nothing like the side that was humbled at Eden Park last Saturday, with the team playing with aggression and with significantly improved structures in both attack and defence that asked questions of New Zealand.

Inspired performances by senior players captainHewson, vice-captain Iliseva Batibasaga, Mollie Gray and Alisha Hewett was a highlight for Australia as the Wallaroos challenged New Zealand across the park.

“We put out a significantly improved performance against New Zealand today and our structures were better right across the park,”Wallaroos’ head coach Paul Verrell said.

“I am proud of the way we improved across the two tests and it is a credit to the character of this group.

“This series was an important one for our development.

“We had 13 test debutants across the two test matches and we are only going to grow stronger and build our depth as we continue our preparation for the Women’s Rugby World Cup next year.”

The match started in a disappointing fashion for Australia with Cobie-Jane Morgan sent to the sin-bin in the second minute of the match.

New Zealand capitalised on the Wallaroos down on troops and scored in the corner through Sarah Goss.

The Wallaroos countered and held up some time on the clock with a penalty just short of halfway, as captain Hewson calmly slotted the kick to narrow the gap to 7-3.

New Zealand extended their lead moments later, asMorgan re-entered the field when Toko Natua scored in the corner to take the score to 12-3 in favour of the Black Ferns.

The much-improved Wallaroos side worked their way into the match as the Wallaroos placed pressure on the Black Ferns defence for consistent periods and turned down two penalty options to attack the line for a try.

It took the Black Ferns until the 35thminute to cross the Wallaroos try line, askey tackles from Morgan,Gray andHewson repelled the Black Ferns waves of attack for multiple phases.

The score was 17-3 at half-time.

The Wallaroos shot out of the blocks in the second half, immediately putting pressure on New Zealand.

The Black Ferns, hammered with the pressure from Australia, let penalties slip into the game with the referee sending captain Fio’o Fa’Amausli to the sin-bin for New Zealand’s repeated infringements.

It took New Zealand until the 62nd minute to crack Australia’s defence again as New Zealand sevens star, Portia Woodman crossed for a try in the corner, extending New Zealand’s lead to 24-3.

Fullback, Selica Winiata showed her speed with an impressive run that caught the tiring Wallaroos defence off guard to score in the corner and take the score to 29-3, which is how the match ended.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Technology crime on rural police agenda

Strong stance: Western Region Commander and NSW Police Corporate Spokesperson for Rural Crime, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie.
Nanjing Night Net

FRAUD is a crime category which is high on the agenda for rural police, one which Western Regional Commander Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie says is on the increase.

“Alot of these frauds are committedon people who are living in rural areas for any number of reasons,” he said.

Theannual Rural Crime Investigators Conference on October 25 and 26 gave34 specially-trained Rural Crime Investigators (RCIs) from NSW Police the opportunity to meet and discuss crime trends and subsequent strategies specific to rural and regional NSW.

“Rural crime is a very significant issue for us at the moment right across New South Wales and it’s important we take the opportunity to bring our specialist investigators together and put them in a room where they are talking with experts for other parts of the rural industries, so they gain an understanding of contemporary issues,”Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for them to network and share experiences and talk about matters they are investigating along the way.”

Technology was a theme which featured highly duringthe conference.

“Certainly that technology enabled crime is a significant issue for us but it’s also a plus as well,”Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“Talking about the value of GPS, cameras and drones and the ability to use aircraft and all those sort of things to help us with the detection for the investigation as well.”

He said alot of people can betargeted because of the isolation of their properties and if they go away on holidaysthey can become a ‘soft target’ for thieves.

Stock theft, bio-security and illegal hunting were also issues discussed at the conference.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Online group helps struggling families

OVERWHELMED: Lyndal Odgaard, Brooke Morgan and Sienna Kinnear with some of the presents donated to help five Redlands families have a happier Christmas. Photo: Cheryl GoodenoughFIVE Redlands families are in for an unexpectedly festive Christmas due to the generosity of localmothers.
Nanjing Night Net

Administratorsof the Mum Zone Redlands Facebook group Brooke Morgan and Sienna Kinnear started the appeal as they often come across struggling families.

Families were nominated and five chosen as beneficiaries.

“We filtered through and picked people we thought were really struggling,” said Ms Morgan.

After appealing through the online group, Ms Morganhas been overwhelmed by responses of presents for the 16 children ranging in age from six months to 15 years.

The mothers are also collecting food for hampers for the families to enjoy a special Christmas meal.

Hams have been donated for collection just before Christmas and items such as puddings and chocolate are being added to the hampers.

Lyndal Odgaard got involved in the appeal to give back after being supported by group members over the last year.

In January her Carbrook house was damaged by smoke from a bush fire and since then she has been in hospital.

The family is still waiting for plans to be approved so that they can rebuild.

Ms Odgaard said she had been given flowers while in hospital and a hamper for herself after the fire.

“The whole year it’s just been unrelenting. I have had people just drive past my house and drop off a cup of coffee,” she said.

Ms Morgan said she first planned to collect only for the children, but the response just keptgrowing.

“I thought maybe we would get a colouring book and pencils for a child, but instead we have been overwhelmed by the response. We’re getting really good toys,” she said.

Ms Kinnear said one recipient had cried on the phone the previous day when she heard about the response.

“These families will have a really good Christmas,” said Ms Kinnear.

The Mum Zone Redlands group have enough toys for the children, but would welcome vouchers or groceries to add to the food hampers.

They can be contacted via ‘The Mum Zone –Redlands Qld’ Facebook group.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.