Friday, October 29, 2021



Local family buys Quindialla property

A local farming family has acquired the productive mixed farming enterprise Donadabu in south western New South Wales’ Bland district for $4,365,000, ending 63 years of ownership within the vendors’ family.

Loud & clear

With just two days’ notice, community volunteers at the heart of the Koondrook Perricoota co-design welcomed a shiny entourage of politicians, bureaucrats and media. The whistlestop tour was part of a $330 million funding announcement with no less than five state and federal politicians.

Gunbower bush bash

Kirstin Nicholson. Cohuna Neighbourhood House treated 28 people to a ‘Bush Bash Tour’ as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival ... Local Aboriginal elder, Aunty Esther Kirby, explained the historical significance of the Gunbower Forest to the local Aboriginal people and discussed items of cultural significance.

Thornton made Bowls Victoria Country Manager for North West

Kendall Jennings. As part of a two-year pilot program, Murray Downs Golf and Country Club coach, Josh Thornton, has been appointed country manager for northwest Victoria. Thornton will oversee two regions, Murray Mallee and Wimmera, providing better support to regions, clubs and rural Victoria.

Our megafires are a political, not a climatic crisis: Vic Jurskis

People proliferated across Australia, which was then a part of Sahul, from about 40 000 years ago when megafauna finally disappeared long before the Last Glacial Maximum. Aboriginal burning initially turned much biomass into charcoal, reducing browse, changing vegetation and causing megafaunal extinctions. It created ecosystems whose health and safety depend on constant human input of mild fire.

La Nina outlook boosts agriculture’s already high optimism

Australian wheat growers are on track to benefit from one of the best combinations of price and yield in Australian history, according to the NAB October Rural Commodities Wrap released.

Council rejects bridge project

Narrandera Shire Council rejected its own DA for the State-listed heritage lattice railway bridge project at the October Council meeting. The DA provided for the conversion of the bridge to a pedestrian bridge as part of the State Gov't-funded Playground on the Murrumbidgee project ... The converted bridge was to have been added to the town’s bike and hike trail enabling locals and visitors to cycle and/or walk along the bridge from the northern side.

Kelp can help

Angus Taylor was quoted in The Australian saying, “no affordable, practical and large-scale way exists to reduce [methane from agriculture] other than by culling herd sizes” ... Researchers found cows belched out 82% less methane after putting a small amount of seaweed in their feed for five months. Recent trials of Tasmanian red seaweed - Asparagopsis - show methane can be reduced by up to 98%. 

Scenic Rim named in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 regions in the world

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has announced their Best in Travel 2022, three lists encompassing the world’s hottest countries, cities and regions, and have included the Scenic Rim as number eight in the top regions to visit in 2022.

Black marketing fish is illegal: seized boat goes under the hammer

A boat used repeatedly for illegal black market fishing on the Sunshine Coast and seized by fisheries officers is being sold to the highest bidder at auction.

Property market still surging

Nicholas Rupolo. There are no signs the Riverina property market is set to cool down as demand for new homes and low interest rates keep city buyers in the hunt for a switch to the country ... Median house prices in Coolamon and Narrandera have increased around 20 per cent and 17 per cent respectively this year.

Solar farm powering jobs

Queensland’s Western Downs solar farm has reached a major milestone, with connection to the electricity grid now complete. Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said Neoen’s $600 million Western Downs Green Power Hub is supporting more than 450 construction jobs and will generate 400 megawatts (MW) of solar energy.

Aboriginal students achieving well at NHS

Nicholas Rupolo. Narrandera High School’s Aboriginal Learning Centre is at the heart of better than expected results in this year’s NAPLAN. The number of Aboriginal students achieving results in the top two bands was more than triple than any previous year at Narrandera High School. More than two thirds of year nine Aboriginal students exceeded expected growth in reading and numeracy compared to the New South Wales average.

Voters put environment first

Patricia Gill. Councillor Ceinwen Gearon has been re-elected unopposed as shire president and Cr Kingsley Gibson deputy shire president to an environmentally-focused council of predominately women.

Horse healing power to be harnessed

Serena Kirby. A new exercise therapy will soon be available for Denmark children and adults recovering from serious injury or living with physical disabilities and illnesses. The name of the therapeutic practice, hippotherapy, comes from the Greek word ‘hippos’ meaning horse and roughly translates as ‘treatment with help of a horse’.

Taskforce to probe bank branch closures in Cowper

A Regional Banking Taskforce established by the Liberal and Nationals Government will bring welcome focus on the impact of bank branch closures on regional communities Pat Conaghan Federal Member for Cowper has said.

Fairy Queen’s wit, wonder a delight

Ross Dwyer. Denmark Baroque and the Darlington String Quartet presented a classical concert at the Civic Centre on October 22 to a delighted audience. Musical director Georg Corall conducted from the harpsichord excerpts from the Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell. In the second half of the evening, the Darlington String Quartet performed the Bell Birds Suite by Emma Jayakumara and Tchaikovsky’s quartet number one in D Major.

Fruitshack ripe after three decades

Entering the market after almost 30 years, an expansive citrus farm and vineyard in the New South Wales Riverina region is ripe for picking, in the country’s largest citrus-growing and NSW’s largest wine producing region.

Mornington Peninsula offering set to attract strong interest

Two landholdings in the Mornington Peninsula’s Boneo are anticipated to whip up a competitive sales campaign with all kinds of buyers expected to be drawn to the offerings. The premium landholdings at 410-430 Jetty Road and 107 Grasslands Road when combined span around 84-hectares, making the properties amongst the largest holdings to be listed in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula in years.

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