Thursday, December 7, 2023



Broken promise leads to paltry payout

The Victorian government’s support package to stranded native timber workers, announced on Friday, is a final slap in the face to an industry on death row, according to Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Emma Kealy ... "Industry leaders confirm that in effect haulage operators will be offered just 50 cents in the dollar for the next year and harvesting contractors 30 cents in the dollar for the remaining term of their contract, some of which conclude as soon as mid- 2024. This does not offer the length of security they deserve," Ms Kealy said.

Much ado about nothing, as it happens

The mooted Toowoomba North South Transport Corridor, first announced in July, has been scrapped by the Queensland Government following significant community backlash ... Under the proposed corridor, hundreds of properties would have been directly affected, including dozens at Westbrook, Wyreema and Vale View.

Rinehart picks up Driza-Bone

Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart has moved into country apparel by purchasing the iconic Driza-Bone through her pastoral company, S. Kidman and Co ... In a statement following the purchase, Mrs Rinehart said Driza-Bone had been intertwined with pivotal moments in Australian history.

Making a life on the ‘continent of smoke’

Ian Osborne. As summer comes around again, our thoughts turn to the threat of bushfires. Every foreign navigator who sailed the coast of Australia, from William Dampier and Abel Tasman to Captain Cook, and later those carrying the immigrants who would settle the new south land had noted the prevalence of fire along the continent’s edge .. It was, Cook said, 'the Continent of Smoke'.

Inlet forum told of record water flow

Alison Bennett Taylor. Wilson Inlet recorded its sharpest increase in water flow ever in one of the wettest starts to winter on record, according to a local research scientist ... Dr Elke Reichwaldt told the Wilson Inlet Catchment Forum that climate change was already impacting water flows into the inlet. June was the fifth wettest month ever recorded in Denmark, with April also much wetter than average followed by an exceptionally dry May – unpredictable weather patterns that could be attributed to climate change.

Surf club supreme on the south coast

Alison Bennett Taylor. Denmark Surf Lifesaving Club came home champions from the Rainbow Coast Carnival at Bremer Bay after fielding its biggest team of competitors ever. Club president Sam Williams said it was the first time the club had won the friendly carnival between south coast clubs Albany, Esperance and Denmark in nearly 20 years.

Drone helps firefighters battle silo blaze

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters battled a blaze in a grain silo at Leeton and discovered a new use for their Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), or drones, that is expected to significantly reduce the length of emergency operations. The Leeton crew is now preparing to share this newfound capability with their firefighting colleagues across the nation.

Shearer continues to make strides

Lockhart female shearer Nicki Guttler continues to make a name for herself in the male-dominated field of shearing ... Nicki started off shearing in the Open competition as the only female competing and surprised even herself by coming sixteenth out of 35 leaving quite a few seasoned Open shearers in her wake.

Narrandera’s koala colony is thriving

Narrandera's koala colony, which has now grown to more than 290 over 1600 hectares, is being studied as part of the $190 million NSW Koala Strategy as a model for how to re-establish populations ... Drones with thermal cameras have been used to count the koalas and sound recorders are being installed in national parks, and on Crown land and farms along a 100-kilometre stretch of the river.

Leitchville Live

For a small town, they sure can put on a big show. A new initiative has seen an award winning indie folk duo take to the stage in Leitchville for their first and only performance in northern Victoria – and there’s more to come. Saije, an indie folk duo from Bellingen in New South Wales, came to Leitchville off the back of an extensive European tour.

Water Bill opens old wounds

Communities who carried the burden of a Basin Plan corrupted by politics are once again looking down the barrel of mass buybacks. The impacts of water buybacks cannot be understated as communities were ripped apart, football clubs closed, huge areas of food production and habitat provision were dried out, industries retracted, driving increased costs and undermining sustainability, and the price of water was sent out of reach of many young farmers.

“The doctor won’t see you now…“

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is once again under the spotlight as the Barham Hospital had been left with no doctors after the contractual arrangement with Ochre Health ran out on November 30 ... Having the multimillion-dollar facility sitting idle due to a bureaucratic standoff has greatly frustrated local doctors and distressed patients seeking treatment.

Bring the New Year in right and get to the Beet! 1 January 2024

Gearing up for a spectacular start to 2024, the Burrumbeet Park & Windermere Racing Club is set to host the 134th edition of the Pacific Fuel Solutions Burrumbeet Cup. This time-honored event promises a day of exhilarating Country Racing against the backdrop of picturesque landscapes—a perfect setting for friends and families to come together and usher in the New Year.

Versatile tractors on show at Allora Heritage Weekend

Over 50 years ago, in 1972 Colin Ubergang acquired the Versatile Tractor Company distributorship in Australia ... To mark the 50 Year anniversary of the first Versatile Tractor in Australia a celebration will be held at next year’s Allora Heritage Weekend on 27 and 28 January.

Allora lights up for Christmas

Congratulations to The Allora Community Circle for organising a wonderful Bush Christmas again this year. With the support of local sponsors and business houses as well as the community involvement Allora turned on a memorable event including the official lighting of the Community Christmas Tree ... It was an amazing experience as the kids flocked to see and touch a real live reindeer.

Kaniva A & P Society – Wheat Crop Competition 2023

Judging of the district wheat crops entered into the Kaniva A & P Society competition was conducted on Monday November 20th by Hamish Mines – Agronomy Teacher Longerenong College/ Agronomist Driscoll Ag. Twenty crops were entered in the competition for 2023 made up of 5 Durum and 15 bread type wheats, 7 on heavy ground, 7 on mixed ground and 1 on light ground. An even spread of crops were inspected from Lawloit to South Lillimur, Serviceton and north to Dinyarrak.

Feedlot fined $140,000 after telehandler operator electrocuted

A Wimmera feedlot operator has been convicted and fined $140,000 following the electrocution of a worker while operating a telehandler in 2020 ... The court heard the 29-year-old worker was using a telehandler to stack hay bales at the Gerang Gerung property in November 2020 when the raised boom and bale lifting attachment made contact with overhead power lines.

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