Archive for January, 2019

Debate over plans for Railton’s free van site

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

A stoush has erupted over aKentish Councilproposalto lease afree camper van area at Railton to the Campervan andMotorhome Club of Australia for the exclusive use of its members.
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Happy campers: Rodney McCarthy, of Railton, chats to Queenslanders Peter and Chris Blackley and Michael and Chris Chilcott at the free van site.

The plan has upset some Railton ratepayers who wroteto the council to object. Rodney McCarthy, president of the Railton and Districts Development Association,said the councilwas urged to consult morebefore adecision ismade.Kentish MayorDon Thwaitessaid the CMCA approached the council to develop the siteand waskeen to establish new parks in Tasmania. The CMCA told the councilitwould bring more vansto Railton.

“TheCMCA hasbig plans to improve the amenities at a number of parks which they would manage and get a caretaker in to look after their parks,” Councillor Thwaitessaid. It would cost CMCA members $6 a night to stay at the Railton site.

“We were trying toget as many low-cost campers as we could there,which seemed like a good idea,but Rodney is not convinced, andhe is asking us to look at analternative, and I think that’s fair enough,” the mayor said.

Hesaid the council would discuss the objections raisedata workshop on Tuesday night. Herejected theideathe council did not publicise itsplans well enough. “It was discussed at one of the regular community meetings we have every six months and people at the meetingwere in favour of it.”

Councillor Thwaites said this wasstill the consultation period andthe council hadnot made a commitment. Hesaid alease arrangement or development application would haveto go before council. Councillor Thwaites said if theCMCA did leasethe site, others could camp at afree site offered by the Railton Hotelor at Sheffield or Lake Barrington. He said the council toldthe CMCA anyoneshould be able to use thedump point if the lease went ahead.

“We’re not doing it for the moneywe’re trying toincrease the people staying there. Whatever we do wewill have to take a gamble,” the mayor said.

Mr McCarthy said the free area isused byself-contained campervans and caravans. He said itwas established by the community which negotiated to get the council to extend it. He said a Tasmanian Community Fund grant was used to add outdoor exercise equipment andbusinesses helpedwith donations. “Thereason the council isdoing this is so itcan wash itshands of it and minimise itsresponsibility for the area,” he said.

“I’m wary a deal has been done.”

Mr McCarthy said he understood adevelopment application has beenlodgedto take over the free camping area,which includesRailton’s onlyoff-leash dog area, for the exclusive use of CMCA members.“Forevery person they attract I think they are going to turn someone away,” he said.

“Overthree days I surveyed campers and 75% of people staying there were not CMCA members. It’s a town asset at the moment and the council wants to hand that to an exclusive cub which we’re not happy with.”

Mr McCarthy saidhe had nothing against CMCA members camping atRailton.

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Journey complete – Chewton man delivers proposed legislation to Canberra

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Michael Smith with his bill outside Parliament House on Wednesday.Chewton man Michael Smith has returned home after completing an epic 650-kilometre trek from Chewton to Parliament House in Canberra last Wednesday.
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Mr Smith succeeded in his mission to personally deliver a proposed piece of legislation which would require the government to gain parliamentary approval before going to war.

He feels strongly that the decision to go to war should not be left in the hands of one person but should be made by the entire parliament.

After positive meetings with both sides of government on Wednesday and Thursday he is hopeful his legislation will be passed.

Mr Smith set off for Canberra on October 23 and was welcomed with open arms by many supporters along the way.

He arrived at midday on Wednesday and delivered the legislation to Bendigo Federal MP Lisa Chesters.

While Mr Smith said he was able to meet with all the main parties and cross benchers, unfortunately he was unable to attend the scheduled meeting with the Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles.

However, Ms Chesters delivered a speech to parliament about Mr Smith’s journey and proposed bill, as he sat proudly looking on in the gallery.

“To walk 600 kilometres to come here to raise this issue is a fantastic effort and I know the people of Chewton are extremely proud of Michael,” Ms Chesters said.

“When someone takes the time to do something like this it reminds us of the great responsibility we have in this place. When one of our constituents takes this kind of effort we should take time to discuss this in our party room, in our caucuses to see what more we can do in this area. Congratulations Michael on your efforts,” she said.

Ms Chesters plans to bring the matter to the attention of the Labor caucus.

“I believe we’re going to be able to progress this, there will be more meetings and discussions this week,” Mr Smith said.

“I can’t tell you what an honour it has been to do this and how much I’ve loved every step of the way, the hills, valleys, streams, people, places, communities, I dived into a new world each day. It’s incredibly rich out there,” he said.

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Union helps fight breast cancer

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

GOOD CAUSE: Australian Workers Union secretary Peter Lamps says the union has been involved in fundraising for the McGrath Foundation.
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The McGrath Foundation’s Port Pirie breast-care nurse has been supported by members of the Australian Workers Union.

This has resulted from the foundation’sreceiving more than $33,000 raised at the annual union members dinner at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

More money is likely to be directed to the foundation as the fundraising continues next year.

Union state secretary Peter Lamps said in Port Pirie on Friday that some members had been touched by breast cancer.

“One of our male organisers actually had breast cancer,” he said.

He said the fundraising now and in future created scope for a breast-care nurse to be appointed at a location in South Australia by the foundation and supported existing services including Port Pirie’s.

“Our members attended the dinner from around the state –about 550 were from Port Pirie and Whyalla,” he said.

“We understand the money will in part fund a breast-care nurse in South Australia.

“We will meet the foundation before Christmas to see how we can make next year’s fundraising even bigger and better.”

Mr Lamps revealed that he had been indirectly affected by breast cancer.

“My wife had a double mastectomy,” he said.

“If you are the male, there is only so much you can do –you do need the support –it touches very deepty for both genders.

“My wife is fine now and lives life very well.

“It is just a pity there are not more breast-care nurses.

“I am glad they put them into the country areas, for example Port Pirie’s breast-care nurse Ros Mayfield.”

The foundation was startedwhenAustralian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath’s late wife, Jane, was diagnosed withbreast cancer.

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Welcome to NSW Touch State Cup

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Countdown to Christmas
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Mayor Peter Besseling thanks everyone who made the Countdown to Christmas such a great success and welcomes people to the NSW Touch State Cup.

What a wonderful evening we enjoyed last Thursday for the annual Countdown to Christmas community celebration.

There was certainly something for everyone as we came together for the eventful and hilarious mascot race, the main parade which was led by our Paralympian Ryley Batt, the wonderful entertainment on the main stage, the lighting of the tree and of course the spectacular fireworks finale.

A huge thank you must go to the many volunteers and community groups who gave so freely of their time andhelped make the event such a success.

It is this true community spirit that really makes the Port Macquarie-Hastings such a great place to live.

To the many businesses that also supported Countdown to Christmas, your contribution is greatly appreciated.

If you couldn’t make it last Thursday, visit Council’s Facebook page for a video and photos from the evening.

NSW Touch State Cup

This week we welcome more than 239 teams to our region as they compete for bragging rights in the 40th running of the NSW State Touch Cup.

More than $3million will be injected into our local economy during the event, which is evidence of the growing popularity of touch football as both a competitive sport and for many a more casual form of recreation and exercise.

If you haven’t seen a game before you’ll be amazed at the skills and fitness of our top senior players.

There will be a lot of people aboutso expect increased traffic over the weekend, and if you are going to the airport please allow extra travel time.

Competition will take place at the Regional Sporting Complex & Tuffins Lane fields, kicking off this Friday 2 December with competition across the weekend, and finals being played on Sunday.

For more information including game times visit nswtouch南京夜网419论坛/representative/state-cup

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Pasture legume to bring saline areas back to life

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

GAME-CHANGER: SARDI senior research officer Amanda Pearce and Seednet national production manager Chris Walsh in a messina plot at SARDI’s Conmurra site, which grew 6.5t dry matter a hectare during winter.A salt-tolerantpasture legume is set to make a big difference insaline and waterlogging-prone areas ofsouthern Australia.
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SARDI and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA have spent more than a decade developing the messina cultivar and itsexclusive rhizobium, or nitrogen fixing bacteria.

Commercial partnerSeednet willmake 20 tonnes to 30t of seed available to growers in2017.

DAFWA senior research officer Phil Nicholssays the self-generating annual legume willoffera productivity boost forfarmers with salinity and waterlogging issues.

Messina came to the fore from more than 40pasture legumes collected from Mediterranean environmentsin aFuture Farming Industries CRC project.

Progress was delayed by the hunt fora rhizobium strain which could persist during summer in saline areas, after 70 per cent of early nodulation failed in the second and later years.

“A salt-tolerant rhizobiumhas been found, (and) it is criticalmessina is inoculated with it, otherwise regenerating plants will be yellow and stunted and unlikely to survive,”Dr Nicholssaid.

“Where evenbarley grass struggled to growwe have a nitrogen fixing legume to go with perennial grasses, such as puccinellia.”

Trials haveshown messina – a type of Melilotus –has similar protein and energy valueto clovers and lucerne.

Dr Nichols says sowing messina in a mix with salt-tolerant grasses orwith balansa clover and burr medics or even with saltbush was likely to be the best fit.

“You tend to find animals prefer messina when they also have access to other legumes, herbs and grasses,” he said.

“Once it starts floweringit is a little less palatable but the advantage is it can set seed without being grazed out.”

SARDI senior research officer Amanda Pearcesays it is a “game-changer”,especially with previoustrial sites regenerating for up to three years.

“It isreally exciting after such a long time to get to this point,” she said.

At Conmurrathis year itproduced6.5 tonnes dry matter a hectareand was impressive at a Cooke Plains saline demonstration site.

Grazing trials on non-saline land at Kybybolite haveshownliveweight gains in ewes grazing pure messina are slightly less than Monti sub clover, but animal production on saline land will be far superior from messina than barley grass alone.

Dr Nichols said a meat tasting panel also foundno difference in meat quality between lambs grazing messina and Monti subclover.

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