Friday, September 30, 2022



Strategy Group’s ‘positive’ meeting with Minister

The Murray Regional Strategy Group (MRSG) has been buoyed by positive engagement with new federal Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek ...MRSG Chair, Geoff Moar, said it was a positive meeting and that, “We felt we covered more ground today than we have in a very long time ... The minister understands that we do not support more water buybacks from our region, and also acknowledged there are a number of problems which need a flexible approach if they are going to be fixed.”

Local approach leads the way

The recent NSW Legislative Council Committee investigating the long-term sustainability and future of the timber and forest products industry has recognised the value that collaboration brings to outcomes ... The committee commended WMLIG for its efforts to recover and respond to the various changes impacting its region by working together to build a 'healthy working forest' and were encouraged to hear about wood waste and crop residue initiatives as well as recycling programs.

Giorgi Ambassador finalist

Kirstin Nicholson. Presenting ribbons to champion terriers, sorting grain, rubbing shoulders with racing’s greats and fine dining were all part of Giorgi Boucher’s Melbourne Royal Show experience last weekend. Giorgi wasn’t there purely for the thrill of the show, though, she was there for the Rural Ambassador Award state finals. Giorgi won the Rural Ambassador Award at the Cohuna Show in March, then won at the Northern District Agricultural Shows Association regional finals.

Kyabram Show, 15 October 2022

Kyabram AH&P Society Kyabram has a large horse section, dairy cattle, Boer Goats, poultry and bird judging. Plus many different pavilion sections, including cookery, sewing knitting, patchwork...

133rd Numurkah Show, 19 October 2022

The theme for this year's Numurkah Show is bees. Several classes in the Pavilions will be centred around the theme and there will be a Bee Display showing the many reasons why the bee is a major component in agriculture and our lives generally.

Ararat Show, 23 October 2022

The Ararat Show is a fun family event, heaps of competitions and displays which are held throughout the day; including a shearing, wool production, poultry, sheep show, horses and dog show.

158th Maldon & Baringhup Agricultural Show, 16 October 2022

We have many events and competitions including horse, sheep, dog, fleece, sheaf toss, cooking, horticulture, art, craft, photography etc.

Australia’s biggest renewable energy storage targets: Andrews, D’Ambrosio

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio have announced the nation-leading targets alongside a $157 million package supporting renewable energy generation and storage projects across the state.

More of the great koala scam: Vic Jurskis

Back in May, NSW’s Natural Resources Commission and Department of Primary Industries, as well as three universities, quietly published a report about forest monitoring. It states that north coast koala populations have been stable for the last five years, despite 30 per cent of koala habitat being burnt by the disastrous Black Summer megafires ... NSW bureaucrats obviously know that the koala population wasn’t adversely affected by Black Summer. So, one wonders why they’re not shouting the good news from the rooftops.

There was no consultation over licence expansion plan, says key stakeholder

The Victorian Government has been accused of “side-stepping the consultation process” over proposed changes to animals welfare laws that could see licences brought in for horse events and any commercial horse activity. Animal Care Australia (ACA) horses and livestock representative Karri Nadazdy said as a major stakeholder, ACA responded to the Animal Welfare Act Reform Directions Paper in December 2020 and said no warning was given that licensing was under consideration.

Licences for professionals and events possible under new laws

Licences for any professional horse activity and events in Victoria could be brought in under proposed new animal welfare laws. The proposal has been outlined in a plan developed as part of the reform process for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and states that anyone “showing and exhibiting animals for a commercial purpose” would be subject to new regulations, including that a “licence is required”.

The rise of rates and outrage: Bev McArthur

Glenelg Shire residents are right to be alarmed at an effective 20 per cent increase in their rates. Farm rates will go up 22 per cent ... This comes at a time when a 2 per cent rate cap is in place across the state. The council argues that it is technically still within a 1.75 per cent rate cap. “But in reality – the Glenelg Councillors have enabled a rate rise in excess of eight times the rate cap,” Mrs McArthur said.

Mirawara spring program

Emmanuelle Dubuc. Mirawara is a not-for-profit, social enterprise located within the goldfields of Central Victoria in Box-Ironbark country. We are a bunch of passionate outdoor and environmental educators who want to promote connections and the creation of stories/culture between young people and nature through outdoor education activities such as rock-climbing, bushwalking, canoeing, bush skills, nature studies and much more.

Wildflower ramble

The Central Goldfields are renowned for their diversity of spring Indigenous wildflowers, with the disturbance from historic mining creating a mostly open forest floor that allows for a diversity of smaller plants that can be easily viewed. Peter Haack, horticulturalist and Landscape Architect, will take you on a gentle wander through the Maldon Historic Reserve.

Maldon Bowls Club news

Peter Sedgwick. Last Wednesday, 14 September, Maldon hosted the season’s First Triples Competition. Twelve teams of three competed. The participating players came from Maldon, Talbot, Carisbrook, Avoca, Dunolly, Harcourt, Maryborough Golf and Maryborough Highland ... Only one point separated the three top teams after the three games of 10 ends.

On a roll – the club’s grand opening

Like a shining beacon of fun and entertainment, the new cluBarham bowling facility lit up the night sky at the official opening on Friday, September 16. Members, invited guests and bowling dignitaries made up the 170 strong crowd in attendance ... What unfolded was a team of local trades and services that shared a common goal of building a facility that can attract regional, state and even national competition.

Governments risk repeated ‘preventable’ flooding: NSW Farmers

Farmers in the state’s south say water authorities are failing to prepare for severe flood risks in the Murray Valley as La Nina conditions threaten to fill major dams and rivers. NSW Farmers Conservation and Resource Management Committee chair Louise Burge said while authorities may not be able to prevent all risks of flooding this year, they should “absolutely” avoid making flooding conditions even more extreme.

Kerang Orchid Show blooms

Kendall Jennings. Residents around the district supported the Kerang Orchid Show blooming in the Kerang Basketball Stadium over the weekend, hosted by the Mid-Murray Orchid Club. After a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions, judges from Melbourne travelled to Kerang to award displays designed by local growers.

Early treatment

The measures put in place to treat Covid-19 are now coming under scrutiny as many fear the removal of generic medicines may have led to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of people globally ... “Had this medication (Hydroxychloroquine) been used at the outset of this pandemic, it would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives needlessly lost because this was suppressed”: Dr Harvey Risch, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine.

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