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RESTRICTIONS on road trains accessing abattoir and feedlot facilities in the Cowaramup area are due to be lifted as early as next week according to the Augusta-Margaret River Shire.
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The restricted access for vehicles over 19 metres for North Treeton road transporting cattle to the Western Meat Packers Group processing facility has been in place for two weeks.

Western Meat Packers Group chief executive officer Andrew Fuda told Farm Weekly the company were working with the Department of Main Roads and the Augusta-Margaret River Shire.

“We are working with them collaboratively and positively to develop and implement the best possible solution for industry, the company and ratepayers,” Mr Fuda said.

“It had been a great result for the business.

“No truck over 19m was able to access the roads, as it had its Restricted Access Vehicles (RAV) access was removed (from the RAV network) due to an incident – we since have worked through that and the RAV will be back online.”

As described by Main Roads; RAVs are vehicles that exceed a width of 2.5 metres, a height of 4.3 metres, a length of 19 metres for a vehicle combination, a length of 12.5 metres for a rigid vehicle and a gross mass of 42.5 tonnes must only operate on roads approved by Main Roads.

As livestock carriers servicing the area came under this classification, those carriers over 19m were unable to access a number of roads in the area, including; Rosa Brook, Jindong-Treeton and North Treeton roads.

To overcome the issue, livestock were transported in smaller road trains, under 19m in length.

While the road access into Western Meat Packers was impacted, Mr Fuda said business was unchanged.

In 2008 contractors worked with the Western Meat Packers to fund an upgrade of the road accessing the abattoir for $200,000, to make the road a high standard to allow road trains to access the abattoir.

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Country road lined in gold CLASS: Travis Collins has been nominated for six golden guitars.
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BIG NIGHT: Lyn Bowtell has seven chances to win a golden guitar, making her the most nominated artist this year.

UNDERDOG: Katie Brianna has been recognised for her wonderful second album, Victim or the Heroine.

FAVOURITE: Kirsty Lee Akers has a massive chance to win best female artist. Picture: Gareth Gardner

INSPIRING: Catherine Britt is nominated for her fundraising single F U Cancer. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebookHard Light. Collins is also in contention forheritage song of the year with Troy Kemp (Hometown Calling), song of the year with Damien Leith (Call Me Crazy), video of the year (Call Me Crazy) and single of the year (Just Another Girl).

“With these six I’ve been nominated 18 times in total, but I’ve never walked away with one,” Collins said.“I’d like to hope that this January I might be able to bringone home and it’s more of an award for everybody around me, not just myself.

“A lot of the people I know have a hand in selecting these finalists.I’ve looked up to them for so long, soit means a lot to me.”

Bowtell has five nominationsfor hercollaboration with Kevin Bennett and Felicity Urquhart. The albumBennett Bowtell Urquhartis in contentionfor best alternative country album, country album, best group or duo, heritage song (Goulburn Valley Woman), best bluegrass recording (I Hear Them All)and APRA songofthe year(Goulburn Valley Woman).

Bowtell has another two chances to win bestvocal collaborationfor her songsBartender Blueswith Adam Harvey andF U Cancerwith Newcastle’sBritt,Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Josh Pyke, Wes Carr, and Wendy Matthews.

“You kind of think you’ve got enough odds in there that you’ll at least win one, but you never know,” Bowtell said.“It really is an honour to be nominated for that many. To me it says the industry are liking what I’m doing and the fans will hopefully too.”

Travis Collins – Just Another GirlKurri Kurri-bred songstress Akers is also considered a massive chance to finally win best female artist after the breakthrough success of her Country ARIA No.1 album Burn Baby Burn. It’s been 10 years since the then 18-year-old won the Star Maker competition and nine from when she claimed her only golden guitar for best new talent.

An outside chance of a golden guitar is Elermore Vale’sKatie Brianna, whose sophomore record Victim or the Heroinewill compete with Bowtell for best alternative country album. It comes a decade after her only other nomination.

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Rising star heads east Sean O’Sullivan trains with the Sydney Roosters first team.
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The Penrith Panthers junior fielded offers from several NRL clubs after an electric 2016.

He signed for the Roosters in the middle of sitting HSC exams at Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown.

TweetFacebook Sean O’Sullivan signs with Sydney RoostersPictures: Sydney RoostersAt a time when most Year 12 students were completely focused on the HSC, Sean O’Sullivan was steeling himself for the hardest decision of his young career.

Before sitting a single exam, the Patrician Brothers’ College Blacktown graduate was putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Sydney Roosters.

It formally endedsix years with the Penrith Panthers, where O’Sullivan guided his team to become national junior champions last year.

“It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” he confessed.

“I’ve been playing with all those boys since I was 12 or13, and they’re all my best mates so it was a sad decision. But it was probably the best decision for my football.”

The move was the final actof an unforgettable yearfor O’Sullivan.

In 2016, he represented NSW in a victoriousunder-18s State of Origin match, scored18 points for Australian Schoolboysin a 50-26 win over England Academy, and was named NSW Rugby League’s junior player of the year.

An electric seasonculminated in O’Sullivan fielding offers from several NRL clubs.

The Glenmore Park Brumbies junior said he decided to remain in Sydney to beclose to his mum, dad and sister.

He was able to enjoy two days ofschoolies between preseason commitments – but he said training with the first team hasbeen “the best experience ever”.

“When I first went in there I was nervous, shy; I had just turned 18 and I was training with my idols,” he said.

“The first week or two I was in awe of all of them. But now I’m really comfortable around them. It’s been great, I’ve learned so much already.”

Sean O’Sullivan, with fellow Patrician Brothers Blacktown students Michael Tupou and Josh Curran, after being selected for the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League team last year. Picture: Geoff Jones

O’Sullivan said he’snoticed improvements in his fitness, strength and confidence by pitting himself against some of the biggest names in rugby league, including Jake Friend and Blake Ferguson.

He’s already been named in a 25-man NSW under-20s training squad, but said securing regular game time in the NYC Holden Cup washis sole focus for this season.

“I just want to play good football really, and all the other stuff will take care of itself,” he said.

“I don’t really try and set myself specific goals because I feel like it could distract me.

“I just try to stick to the process and take every game as it comes.”

Though he seemingly has the world at his feet now, O’Sullivan is already planning for his career after professional football.

He will study a Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at university, having done well in the HSC and makingthe principal’s honours list.

Patrician Brothers rugby league head coach Matthew Hartigan had plenty of praise for his “super impressive” former student.

“Sean has all the attributes of a leader and the whole Patrician Brothers Blacktown community is extremely proud of everything has has achieved to this point,” Hartigan said. “We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Sean.”

The teenager said his coaches and teachers all helped him reach the point he’s at now.

“The whole school was awesome to me, helping me out with my education and my football,” he said. “I wouldn’t be the player that I am without Patrician Brothers.

“I love the school and I’ll forever be in debt to it.”

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Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann with McIlroy Auto Group’s Derek McIlroy.The Mcilroy Auto Group initiative to hold a number of events to support the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation has reaped dividends.
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Travis Head signing autographs at the Cricket4Cancer day.

On Wednesday, January 25, the Crickert4Cancer project raised more than$5000, due to the appearance of Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann and state cricket captain and Australian one day player Travis Head.

Both were involved in a T20 Game Day held at Encounter Bay Cricket Club.

More than 100 childrenturned up on the day to take part in the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy coaching clinic and hundreds of families attended to enjoy the fundraising food festival and watch Darren Lehmann’s XI take on Travis Heads’ XI in the T20 charity match with Travis ‘s team taking out the winning title.

The $5000 takes Mcilroy Auto Group to a total raised of $28,457 so far this year, which will more than cover the $25,000 running costs for the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation.

Cricket4Cancer is a project which has been also based on the running of three major events.

The T20 Game Day experience, a sportsman’s lunch held at the Hotel Elliot and a golf day at the McCracken Golf Club.

Cricket4Cancer has attracted not just Darren Lehmann and Travis Head to these major fundraising events, but Shaun Tait and Wayne Phillips, bothformer Australian Test and onecricket stars, have been in attendance.

The profile of Cricket4Cancer has been boosted by attracting these superstars of cricket to the region.

Full credit is attributed to the work of Derek and Kirsty McIlroy and Wayne and Danielle Weise to make all this happen.Mcilroy Auto Group would like to thank everyone for coming and enjoying the day especially Darren Lehmann and Travis Head.

The event couldn’t have taken place without key sponsors Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy, Encounter Bay Cricket Club, South Coast Realty, Notable Imprint, SA Design and Print, Smart Bar and the volunteers from the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation.

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The Cricket4Cancer series is a crescendo of Fleurieu fundraising events headlined by cricketing greats such as Darren Lehmann and Travis Head.

The main objective behind Cricket4Cancer is to raise the running costs for the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation which equates to approximatley$25,000 per annum. For more information, visit Cricket4cancer南京夜网419论坛 or facebook: Cricket4Cancer

The Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation’s principal purpose is to provide cancer patient transport to and from Adelaide for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other related cancer treatments, which is not currently supported by the South Australian Government.

Volunteers are the backbone of the foundation and are critical to running the daily door to door transport service.Mcilroy Auto Group is a proud family owned automotive dealership founded in 2006 and located on Adelaide Road, Victor Harbor.

McIlroy Auto Group houses Toyota, Mitsubishi and Hyundai automotive brands and is renowned for award winning service and customer satisfaction.

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Having recently moved to the Shire I was surprised by T Walker’s claim in the Courier Sun (25 January 2017) that 80% of our rate payments are spent on wages. I rushed to the BSC’s website and looked at their most recent Annual Report.
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According to the financial statements, employee benefits and on-costs total $10.3m while rates and annual charges bring in $12.7m – which I presume is where Mr Walker gets his 80% figure. I note the latter figure includes both annual charges and rates; if you were dealing with just rates they make up 22% of operating income or $7.5m. In which case, Council employees’ costs are actually more than what Council collects in just rates.

But employee benefits and on-costs is more than just wages: this operating expense can include liabilities such as superannuation, workers compensation, FBT, leave payments and eligible termination payments. The costs of these liabilities into the future is what scares me.

Regardless, the $10.3m employee costs makes up just over 30% of total expenses of almost $30m. My question is, are other sources of revenue (user fees and charges, grants, interest and investment revenue, etc) used to pay employees? Is Council’s overall income one big melting pot (ie. are line items fungible) or are various income streams tied to certain expenses that preclude paying wages, etc? This, to me, would be an important starting point in informing ratepayers exactly what employees cost us.

I am told that over 50% of our Shire is non-rateable and that the majority of non-rateable land is owned by state and federal governments. Do these tiers of government contribute to our fiscal imbalance?

It is stated that the special rate variation is intended for transport infrastructure works – and I have no reason to doubt that. But it seems to me that unless Council starts decreasing staff numbers, we are heading towards a tipping point in terms of funding future liabilities if we stick with current staffing levels.

Like any ratepayer I am interested in keeping rates to a viable minimum. And probably like most ratepayers I am not an accountant so I am happy to be corrected on any of the above. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the info sessions where I could have had my questions answered, so apologies if this was all discussed.

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ABSTRACT: One of the monoprints by Alice Hope which is on exhibtion at Front Room Gallery.Printmaker Alice Hope currently has an exhibition of monoprints at The Front Room Gallery, Hunter Street.
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Hope, who moved to Newcastle 18 months ago from the UK, has produced 20 works for the exhibition simply titled Recent Monoprints. It is her first solo show in Australia.

The artist has been working in the printmaking medium since high school where she was taught by “a really inspirational teacher”.

The works draw on her love of abstract expressionism.

“I love the surprise element of print making, you don’t know what you are going to end up with until it has come out the other side of the press,” she said.

“Using that surprise to work on the next piece, using the mistake that worked really well in the end.

“I’ve built up a body of work based on losing myself in the technique and it’s something I really enjoy.

Monoprints are one-off works.

“It’s quiteunusual with printmaking,” Hope said.

“The main reason people use printmaking is because you can get lots of prints.

“I just really enjoy having a one-off piece and how each one is different.

“I enjoy drawing and painting as well, but printmaking is what I do most in terms of making art.”

Hope is also a primary school teacher, she trained at the University College of London. Shesaid the role of art in education was “undervalued” in Australia.

“Funding is being cut from art in education,” Hope said.

“[Art]isan amazing way, especially for young children before they have learnt to read and write,for them to be able to communicate and represent their thinking.”

Hope said making art in Newcastle became possible for her when she discovered Newcastle Art Schools’ Art Access. The scheme allows artists to pay to use the school’s facilities or to attend art classes.

“They have got really great facilities, I’d just go in once a week and make art. It’s fantastic.” she said.

Front Room Gallery is located at 590 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

The exhibition runs until February 10.

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Local nurse Carol Crasta is bound for the Greek Island of Chios where she will offer her services to a refugee camp holding nearly 850 Syrian refugees. Photo: Ivy James Nurse Carol Crasta is gearing up to offer humanitarian aid to hundreds of displaced Syrians at a refugee camp in the Greek island of Chios for two weeks in February.
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Making the trip with herfriend Michelle Vee from Perth, Carol is volunteering with A Drop in the Ocean, a Norwegian not-for-profit humanitarian organisation which provides aid to refugees, especially women and children.

To date, nearly 12 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes as the ongoing civil war in Syria continues to rage, with many fleeingto neighboring countries and overseas to escape the dangers and violence of the conflicts.

Carol, who also volunteers with St Johns Ambulance, hopes to bring her medical background to the experience and make a positive contribution towards the lives of people affected by war.

Some of the tasks Carol will undertake at the camp include food distribution to approximately 850 refugees at the Souda refugee camp, organising activities for the children and packing clothes for refugees in the warehouse.

“We need to be kind,” she said. “It’s not fun for these refugees to have to leave home because their lives are at stake and have to find ways to survive without shelter, electricity, food and water.

“My journey is about raising awareness and doing what I can to help. We are very lucky and veryprivileged to be living in Australia.”

Besides volunteering, Carol and Michelle are calling on the community to support their efforts with donations.

“For example, AUD$4 typically spent on a coffee could go towards the purchase of a toothbrush and toothpaste for someone in need of such basic essentials,” Michelle wrote.

“We intend to use the funds to purchase essential items such as clothes, headlamps, footwear and whatever is urgently needed.

“Any remaining funds will be donated to A Drop in the Ocean so they can continue with their dedicated work in refugee aid.”

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RED GOLD: Orchadists Ian Pearce and Fiona Hall with NSW Farmers’ Bruce Reynolds holding cherries bound for Asia. Photo: PHIL BLATCHTHE future growth of the $60 million Orange cherry industry could rest with a batch of 17,000 cherries sent from a local packing shed in January.
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The first trial shipment of cherries wassent to Brisbane to be irradiated to eliminate any trace of fruit fly before being flown to Indonesia.

It is the first step in a $340,000 two-year pilot project that could open markets throughout south-east Asia.

NSW Farmers Orange branch chairman Bruce Reynolds said the local industry had been trying for two years to crack new Asian markets.

“One of our biggest challenges is Queensland fruit fly. It’s a real problem for our local industry as we are not permitted to export into a number of countries because of (it),” he said.

“The monitoring is showing there is no Queensland fruit flyin this area but we are trying to make sure.

“Those fruit that are leaving this packing house today here in Orange will arrive in Indonesia in about two days time. They will be flying out of Brisbane airport.

“A lot rides on this trial. If we can succeedwith this trial then we will potentially open up several other south-eastAsian markets which could be quite substantial when it comes to the value of exports.

“Potentially in this area over the next decade it could lead to a doubling in the amount of fruit that is sent out of this area, a number of trees would be planted if we are able to open these markets.”

He said too many cherries were grown in NSW for the domestic market and overseas business was needed to keep local growers afloat.

“We have a glut in a lot of years. We also have a high demand from a lot of these Asian countries for cherries so what we are trying to do is marry up the demand withthe excess fruit we have on the domestic market.”

NSW Cherry Growers Association president and Orange orchardist Fiona Hall saidIndonesia was a growing market for local producers.

“There is a lot of growing middle class in Indonesia and they’re wanting western-style culture, western-style foods. Cherries are very renowned over there as a gift. It’s quite prestigious. As that middle class keeps growing then there’s a lot more opportunities for cherries.”

Mrs Hall said they also wanted to capitaliseon the Chinese New Year being earlier than normalin 2017while Orange growers werestill picking late fruit.

“This area is getting quite renowned for its good quality fruit and there are lot of Chinese exporters that havebeen around this district for the last few weeks and they are going into every shed and offering to buy fruit,” shesaid.

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Manjimup producers Jim Bogoias (left) and Bob Pessotto, were both at last week’s combined Elders-Primaries weaner sale. The Pessotto family sold steers to $1286 while Mr Bogoias bought two pens of heifers, paying to $1174 and the sale top of 362c/kg.NUMBERS were well down on the expected yarding when 408 weaner calves were offered at the combined Elders-Primaries Manjimup sale last week.
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This was partly due to some being unable to muster because of fire and vehicle movement bans.

The quality of the yarding was very mixed ranging from some very good lines to below average drafts.

Steer calves sold to $1428 for the heavy end while lightweights topped at 400c/kg.

Heifers were more consistent, reaching $1293 and 362c/kg.

Kevin Armstrong, Willowbank, was the most active buyer, with Elders Manjimup representative Cameron Harris and Rodney Galati, Brunswick, also multiple pen buyers.

Mr Armstrong snapped up the first four pens sold, for Kalgrains, including the top-priced steer pen in the Primaries section, paying $1344 at 320c/kg for the 13 sleek Angus steers from Rim Rock Grazing, Boyup Brook.

Four similar steers weighing 421kg from RH & LM Rose & Son cost $1306 at 310c/kg and a line of 13 sold by WD & IM Phillips & Son weighing 372kg were purchased at 340c/kg and $1265.

Five averaging 386kg offered by Marrivale Downs joined them at $1266 and 328c/kg.

Two more pens of Marrivale Angus steers were bought by Cameron Harris, Elders Manjimup, with two weighing 335kg making $1139 and 340c/kg and four averaging 254kg made $994 at 392c/kg.

The three pens of Angus heifers from WD & IM Phillips attracted buyers keen to buy future breeders, with Kevin Armstrong securing the first pen for $1276 when the 365kg heifers sold at 350c/kg.

Losing bidder, Jim Bogoias, Manjimup, then upped the effort to buy the next two pens for the top of 362c/kg for 13 weighing 324kg to cost $1174 and another 13 selling for $1106.

The top steer price in the Elders pens went to a single Murray Grey steer weighing 510kg from JA Longwood that was bought for Harvey Beef Farms (HBF) costing $1428 at 280c/kg.

In the same pen, two weighing 407kg made $1280 at 314c/kg,

A single Simmental weighing 495kg sold for $1336 and 270c/kg with the last Angus steer weighing 470kg making 280c/kg and $1316, with these all sold by JA Longwood and bought by HBF.

G & J Stoichev sold five Angus averaging 436kg for $1334 and these were snapped up by Mr Harris.

Kalgrains went into the clerking sheets for a Limousin steer weighing 375kg from GM Flannagan, returning $1207 while four Angus weighing 420kg offered by Clovermia Grazing, sold for $1344.

At the higher end of quality, a pen of seven Angus weighing 416kg returned $1374 for KL Edwards when Elders Capel representative Rob Gibbings bid to 330c/kg.

Another of the better pens were the 11 steers weighing 372kg from F Pessotto & Sons that sold to JL Piscioneri for 346c/kg to cost $1286, who had earlier paid $1253 for seven sold by KL Edwards.

A line of 10 steers from GM & F Jones appealed to John Kezich who bid to 365c/kg for the 303kg cattle that cost $1108, and then later added seven from M & L Herceg for $1109.

Mr Harris was strong on the lighter calves buying several pens to $1172.

Rodney Galati also put together several pens for up to $1064, paid for two Simmental weighing 315kg from I & H Panzich.

JIG Grazing bought the first pen of heifers in the Elders offering, paying the top of $1293 at 318c/kg for the heifers weighing 407kg from I & H Panzich.

Other heifers bought by JIG Grazing included five from Clovermia for $1138 and four of the Flannagan heifers at $1042.

The top of 334c/kg was for a single heifer sold by Chateau June Jerome, one of the many heifers going to Mr Harris.

Westbeef Holdings and Galati Family Trust secured numerous pens each towards the back end of the sale for up to $1024 and $1060 respectively.

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READY: Harvey Keilar, Milla Harris and Billy Walker are starting prep at Ararat West Primary this year. Picture: Peter PickeringShare your back to school photos –inbox us on Facebook, tag @araratadvertiser on Instagram, or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛
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Ararat district schools will return for term one as they welcome their newest, and youngest pupils for the first time this year.

Prep pupils will be pulling on their uniforms and heading into the classroom this week.

Most schools across the district will return on Thursday, while some start on Tuesday.

Ararat West Primary Schoolhas 32 children preparing for their first day on February 2.

The school has three preps attending who are also the childrenof teachers at Ararat West.

Principal Terry Keilar’s son Harvey Keilar will be joined by Milla Harris, the daughter of teacher Bree and Billy Walker, the son of Tahnee.

The three children said they were looking forward to starting school with their friends.

“I like learning to read the most,” Harvey said.

Billy also said he was looking forward to reading and writing, while Milla nominated drawing as her favourite classroom activity.

Beyond the classroom however, all three pupils said they would enjoy using the playground with their friends.

Mr Keilar said Ararat West teachers have been going through their normal preparations to get classrooms ready for their pupils’ arrival.

“It has been routine stuff over the break to get everything organised,” he said.

Other primary and high schools across the district are also returning this week.

Ararat Primary School has 30 pupils who will start on Thursday.

St Mary’s Primary School inArarat has a full class of 26 preps starting.

Outside of the city, Buangor Primary School’s prep class has seen a jump from one prep pupil in 2016, to four in 2017.

Pomonal Primary and Moyston Primary School have three and four new pupils respectively.

Both schools, along with Buangor, will return for their first day on Tuesday, with preps having the Wednesday off before Thursday and Friday classes.

Lake Bolac College’s six prep pupils will start their first day on Wednesday.

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