Murra Warra wind farm moves along

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A planning application for the Murra Warra wind farm should be on display in the near future. RES Australia hopes a planning application for a Wimmera wind farm will be available for public comment in the near future.
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Murra Warra wind farm project manager Kevin Garthwaite said the company had lodge the planning application with the state government earlier this week.

“When the minister is happy with it, it will go out for public exhibition and the planning department will issue a public notice,”he said.

“The community will then have an opportunity to comment formally on the application.”

The proposed wind farm will sit about 15 kilometres south of Warracknabeal, between Yarriambiack and Horsham Rural City municipalities.

The project is set to have 116turbines on 4250 hectares of land.

Each turbine will be 220 metres high.

Res Energy hosted a number of community meetings about the proposed wind farm earlier this year.

“What we presented at the exhibitions in February is pretty much the same as our planning application –the project hasn’t changed,” Mr Garthwaite said.

“We are pleased to get to this stage, it’s a big milestone for us.

“Hopefully we get through planning without any hitches and we can move on to the next stage, which will be preparing contracts and finances.”

Yarriambiack Mayor Ray Kingston said it was positive to see the project moving along.

“It has to be a good sign that Res Australia is running to their timeline,” he said.

“They told us about a year ago they would lodge the application around this time, and they have, which is positive.

“A lot of work has been put into this project and hopefully we see some action at the site within the next few years.”

Cr Andrew McLean said he hoped the proposal would be given the all clear to go ahead.

“It’s good to see process being made,” he said.

The state government ruled last month that the project would not require an environmental effects statement.

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Criterium dates announced

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THE 2016-17Tasmanian Christmas Sports Carnivalscriterium series dates and venues have been confirmed.
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Ulverstone will link with Westbury and Burnie to host the three-part series this summer.

It will kick-offwith amulti-event twilight festival at Westbury on Boxing Day, followed by a lunchtime race at Ulverstone onDecember 29and Burnie on New Year’s Eve.The Ulverstone criterium will be raced over 30 laps of a 1.1-kilometre town circuit, starting and finishing in Dial Street.

The criteriums have quickly developed into an essential component of the overall carnivals’ format,” associationpresident Mike Gunson said.

“Without the criteriums, it would be so much tougher to lure some of the best national and overseas riders to Tasmania over Christmas.

“They want the variety of racing.

“The Westbury and Burnie courses are fabulous for spectators.

“Families love the village green atmosphere at Westbury and the Burnie waterfront crit is where the revellers gather. I’m sure Ulverstone will gather momentum.”

Carnivals seriesRosebery –December 17Westbury criterium – December 26Latrobe – December 27Launceston – December 28Ulverstone criterium – December 29Devonport – December 29, 30Burnie criterium – December 31Burnie –January 1Hobart – January 8St Helens – January 21This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Crown land managers are state finalists

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DEDICATION: Tilligerry Habitat Association president Fran Corner said many volunteers had worked tirelessly to restore what was once a sand mine. Picture: Sam NorrisENVIRONMENTALvolunteers have impressed the judges of a prestigious competition for theircrown lands management.
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Twenty years ago the volunteers set about the regenerationof land that had been extensively sand mined at Tanilba Bay.

Now, the Tilligerry Habitat Association is a finalist in the NSW-ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards.Association president Fran Corner said it was unlikely a government department could have transformed the sitelike she had witnessed volunteers do.

“This was dedication, by lots of people,” she said.

“It’s interesting the [diverse] people who have tied themselves to the cause.”

The site includes a visitor information centre and it is believed the immediate surrounds were once swamp.

The volunteers had to make the best of what was left so they’ve helped reestablish native flora and habitat for wildlife like bandicoots and echidnas. A network of pathwayswind their way through the swamp forest enjoyed by nearby residents who frequently walk their to clear their minds.International tourists share those paths for even akoala glimpse.

“You’ll say to someone, ‘I’m sorry you didn’t see a koala today’,” Mrs Corner said.

“They’ll reply, ‘that’s okay, I was walking through here the other day and I saw one, and the time before I saw two’.”

The understorey itself is lush with native blade and kangaroo grasses that form part of the preservation effort. Since European settlement these species have receded into uninhabited corners, chased by invasive buffalo and couch.

“There are some days where I would rather be faced with lantana. Buffalo can be really hard to weed out,” Mrs Corner said.

The reserve has received grants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and even benefited from various workforce readiness programs like the Green Army.

These workers tend to flourish just as much as the reserve itself.

“Sometimes its the case that you have to go bush to find yourself,” Mrs Corner said.

The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards acknowledgethe valuable contributions of individuals, communities and businesses in regional areas.

The winners will be announced November 11.

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Region’s schools unite in song

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Songs and smiles radiated from the Northern Festival Centre on Wednesday night, as the Port Pirie Region PrimarySchools’Choir came together for the 2016 Festival of Music.
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More than 150 students from Airdale Primary School, Mid North Christian College, Napperby Primary School, Port Pirie West Primary School, Risdon Park Primary School, Solomontown Primary School and St Mark’s College joined together to perform to a sold-out crowd in the Keith Michell Theatre.

Performances were varied throughout the evening with songs from popular radio, Torres Strait Islander culture and even Mission Impossible getting the full choir treatment.

Students were backed by a band comprising of studentsand community members who volunteered their time to perform on the night.

Members of the John Pirie Secondary School band were also on hand to lend their music abilities.

The performance mirrored the same structure which was undertaken in schools in Adelaide.

One section of the evening was especially produced by choirmaster, multi-instrumentalist and composer Paul Jarman.

Airdale Primary School teacher Jan Lill has been involved in the event since its inception in 1988.

Mrs Lill said students gain many benefits from their involvement in the creative performance.

“It gets a lot of students involved in the performing arts …they might not have had that opportunity previously,” Mrs Lill said.

“Pirie is a very sports-orientated place, so it is a good balance with sport, it is a good foil for that.”

She said that watching the students enjoy themselvesand show off their talentswas the highlight of the night for her.

“It brings a lump to your throat when you hear them sing,” she said.

“It shows the wider community what our kids are capable of doing.”

With a strong heritage established through the event, the choir night might just inspire the next generation of performing arts stars.

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Food imports must stay safe: ag minister

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The outbreak of hepatitis A in 2015 linked to imported frozen berries is something the federal government is not keen to see again, as it proposes a range of changes to Australia’s food safety system.
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A newly releasedpackage of reforms includes better ways to prevent food safety risks and respond to food safety emergencies.

Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce wantscomments from people who import food, and other stakeholders.

Mr Joyce said consultation on the Regulation Impact Statement would help strengthen Australia’s imported food safety system.

“These proposed changes are designed to give the community greater confidence about the safety of the food they eat,” he said.

“However, in creating a more robust system, it’s important the changes don’t impose unnecessary costs or regulatory burden on industry, consumers or trading partners.

“We want to be sure the options we consider are practical and viable.

“I encourage food importers and other stakeholders to have their say and help us understand the potential impact on the food industry from any proposed reforms.”

Mr Joyce said Australia had “strong and reliable systems in place” but ensuring imported food was safe wasbecomingharder.

He said this was down togreater volumes of food being imported and consumed, and global supply chains becomingmore complex.

“The reform package will include options for providing more flexible and targeted ways to prevent and respond to food safety risks, including addressing the effectiveness of border inspection and testing to detect food safety issues, monitoring and management of emerging food safety risks and strengthening emergency response and traceability,” he said.

“Recent food safety issues –such as the cases of hepatitis A in frozen Chinese berries last year –have further underlined the importance of making sure our imported food system can quickly identify, respond to and manage food safety risks, while meeting our international obligations.”

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Premier league gets the axe from Western

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WESTERN Zone chairman Dennis Cox says the premier league cricket competition isn’t dead, but“it has gone backwards”.
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Five teams–Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Cowra and Parkes -competed in the 2015-16 competition, forcing delegates at the Zone annualgeneral meeting to scrap the concept ahead of next summer.

The premier league’s axing isn’t too surprising, given cricketers in the zone will still get the chance to play representative cricket for their associations in the Cricket NSW’s McDonalds Cup–a variation of the old SCG Cup.

Cox said the Zone was determined to avoid a double up of sorts, and the lack of commitment to the premier league concept from the smaller associations like Mudgee, Lithgow, Forbes and the Blue Mountains made the decision easier.

“It’s hard…if the players wanted it then we’d have it in there,” Cox said,chairing the meeting that included16 delegates from Mitchell, Lachlan and Macquarie councils.

“But we discussed it for anhour-and-a-half at the meeting and we’ve taken it off the schedule. It only had five teams last year, which was a bit disappointing.

“There the issue of dates and when to run it too. There’s not many gaps in the calendar.

“It’s difficult, not many blokes want to play Sunday cricket any more…and if you play Saturdays then you interrupt association stuff.”

The premier league has been used since the 2011-12 season as a tool for Zone selectors to pick a side for the Country Cricket Championships.

Cox said with just five teams interested in the premier league, there’s a chance players will slip through selectors’ nets.

In its place foe 2016-17, selectors will use the old inter-council matches between Lachlan, Macquarie and Mitchell as a means of selecting a Western Zone side for the championships.

“It’s not an easy fix and there’s going to be some people not happy with the decision,” Cox said.

“In my opinion, speaking to players, I think there’s more interest for players playing for their own town, but the delegates went the other way.”

The zone’s first inter-council fixture is scheduled for October 9, betweenMacquarie Valley and Lachlan.

Mitchell will then host Macquarie Valley on October 29 before backing up with a road trip to Lachlan on October 30.

TheZone side will be selected following these matches to compete at the country championships in Wagga Wagga onNovember 18 through to November 20..

In the McDonalds Cup,Orange will play Cowra in Orange onSaturday, October 22,with the winner to play Parkes on the Sunday in Parkes.

Dubbo will host Bathurst in the other match on the Sunday.

NO GO: Bathurst skipper Daniel Casey (right) and his team-mates will not have premier league games to contest this upcoming season.

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Call for unisex toilets and change rooms in schools

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Unisex toilet blocksin schoolsare the way of the future, according toWorking It Out executive officerSusanDitter.
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In an effort to keep students feeling less vulnerable, safe and confident at school, Ms Ditter said we needed to invest in unisex change roomsthat are made up of separate cubicles for each student.

She added that a teacher should also be supervising the space to ensure no bullying occurs.

“It’s not just LGBTI students who feel unsafe in change rooms and toilets, and unisex change rooms are going to be the way of the future,” Ms Ditter said.

“There is the potential for bullying and aggression in those spaces that aren’t supervised and a person feels very vulnerable.

“I hope that with every new school that’s built and with every capital expenditure in schools that we’re working towards this.”

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said students were already taught whatcaninfluence gender and sexual identities in health and physical education classes at schools.

“The Department of Education first convened a LGBTI Issues in Education Strategic Working Group in 2012…which provides information about how to make a very real difference to students through inclusive learning and teaching practices, and establishing supportive and respectful school cultures,” Mr Rockliff said.

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When passionate debate turns personal

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It’s hard to think of an issue that has morepotential to divide a community and to send emotions through the roof than the NSW Government’s ban on greyhound racing.
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Since the issue was first raised by Four Corners, the debate has become a bitter cauldron of animal cruelty versusAustralian tradition andthe economy of country towns.

The decision to enforce the ban from July 1, 2017passed through parliament in the early hours of Wednesday,with the bill passing by 49 votes to 30 on its third readingafter amendments were considered.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall hadmade his stance clear all along –and is now paying the price with abuse and threats from those who feel he should have opposed the ban.Mr Marshall saidhe has referred some of this vitriol to the police, but like the Premier,has said he will not compromise his beliefs because of personal threats.

Elected officials accept that harsh public scrutiny comes with the job, and it is only right that they have a high level of accountability to the community for thedecisions they make.

Threats to politicianshavebeen around since the year dot, and now, for better or worse, social media has opened up an easy avenue for haters to level their abuse at elected officials.

There is a line to cross though, between passionate opinion and a personal attackdirected at someone just because they happen to hold a view that is different to your own.

When threats go further, to include a person’s family members or colleagues, then this is clearly unacceptable and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

Threats of this nature can ultimately have a negative effect on our democracy by discouragingother people to put their hand up and stand for public office.

The haters should take note,two people have already been charged after allegedly making threats against Nationals leader and Deputy Premier, Troy Grant.

Interestingly, the three national MPs who crossed the floor to vote against the banhave probably also been copping their own abuse from the other side of the debate.

Sometimes you can’t win, but,like each of us, all the pollies can do is consider the arguments and make what we hope is an honest and genuine decision based on what they believe is the best for the community.

Have your say at [email protected]南京夜网419论坛 Adam Marshall

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Thistles prepare for Uni after wake-up call

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CLOSE CALL: Uni Mowbray key forward Glenn Dawson takes a grab against Old Scotch. This season’s ledger stands at one win apiece.Coach Kim Curtis says Old Scotch’s one-point second semi-final loss to Lilydale last weekend was a wake-up call for his experiencedplaying group.
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The ledger between the Thistles and Saturday’s preliminary final opponents Uni Mowbray stands at one win apiece this season andCurtis said he has kept things positive heading into the Invermay Park showdown.

“We have stayed positive this week, the boys realise they were a bit flat and down (last week) and we can’t afford to give sides a start like that,” he said.

“The way we fought our way back gave the boys great strength…even though we were playing bad footy we managed to claw our way back.

“When sides come hard at us we just have to weather the storm, lock it down and then play our footy.”

Uni key forward Glenn Dawson has booted 10 majors in the two side’s past two encounters.

Old Scotch were 29 points the better in round four, while the Eagles got the job done in round 13 at University Oval –winning by 16 points.

“We’ve got to lock down their forwards structure and midfield,” Curtis said.

“Mowbary push up and try and isolate their two forwardsso weneed to stop Dawson and (Shannon) Mulvey getting access to the ball.”

He said decisions would be made at selection to bring in some stronger bodies for the must win-match.

Uni coach Nathan Lowe said his side didnot have “any weak patches” in ending Evandale’s 2016 campaign last week.

He said they would enter Saturday with confidence knowing they can defeat the three-time reigning champions.

“No doubt Scotch will be hungry after last week but we are under no illusions about what we’re up against,” Lowe said.

“It’s going to be a physical and we both like to move the ball fairly quickly.”

Lowe said the Thistles’ powerful midfield of Joe Boyce, Dan Ellis and the likes wasa battle they must overcome to win the war and a chance to play Lilydale in next week’s decider.

Isaac Peters will return from an injury he sustained in the qualifying final, whileAdam McDermott is unavailable.

“The midfield is an area we have to put a lot of time into winning,” Lowe said.

“Lilydale had five or six more clearances than us in that first final and then we got it over Evandale.

“We have been a little bit inconsistentand something we are working on.”

Saturday’s clash starts at 2pm, after the reserves preliminary final between Old Scotch and Evandale.

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Letters to the Editor

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Reckless danger posed to children must stopThis may just be another letter about young people driving their cars erratically. However, if you live on Forest Street in Wendouree it is about people with little respect for other people’s safety or property. As soon as it rains/drizzles they are out trying to burn as much rubber off their tyres as possible without concern for anything but their own pleasure. The problem arises from the fact that we have children walking along this street. We also have two schools and a child minding centre along the same street.
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I realise the police have a lot of better things to do than listen to whingers. In the past two years, I have almost had both of my cars wiped out by these people and there is nothing that will be done about it. If you take matters into your own hands you are the worst in the world, but residents are getting sick of it.

Please, for the children’s sake do something about it. Police presence or perhaps speed cameras; these are both cheaper than the loss of life.

CHILDISH: Infantile hoons think playing with their cars is fun but the ongoing risk is the danger they pose to children on streets like Forest Street.

James Charlton, Wendouree

Local rising star we should all be proud ofCongratulations to Callum Linnane on his nomination for the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award (Courier, 23/08). Incredible dedication and commitment from such a young age. What a wonderful achievement and how proud he has made our community, but most importantly, his family, friends and relatives. Peter McIntosh, Ballarat

Back to Basics spending neededCouncil has allocated over one hundred thousand for roads so far as stated by our mayor toward pothole repair. Well, give up the overseas trips, do not go ahead with the slide for the pool, and use the million left over to fix the potholes and the wheels damaged in Ring road on Friday.

I, too nearly disappeared into this crevasse when I hit the same hole on Monday night. It is obvious councillors don’t travel this road at night. They seem to think they are doing something, but do they actually get out and see what is happening around town.

Neil Henderson, Alfredton

Unconscionable tradiesAnelderly woman (89) needed two light globes replaced. She had no family or friends to assist her with this simple task. Fiercely independent, she chose not to call upon her neighbours and instead, rang an electrician. The 30 year old turned up pronto in a top line vehicle. Installed the new globes and left after less than five minutes, not before charging $125 for a call out and $50 for parts (2 light globes) and fitting. No social conscience, whatsoever. What you reap, so shall you sow.

Michael J Gamble, Belmont

Debt not the devilFairfax columnist,Ross Gittins argues politicians peddle a lie about the debt governmentsleave our children because they fail to ask what the debt is for.

He writes;What do governments have to show for all their borrowing? Public infrastructure – roads and motorways, bridges, railways and bus fleets, hospitals and schools, prisons and police stations.Since we worry about our children and grandchildren, what kind of physical Australia do we want them to inherit? One with rundown and inadequate public facilities – one where it’s really hard to get around, where roads and trains and hospitals and schools are grossly

He is right on the money (again) in pointing out the fallacy propagated by politicians (of both sides) that having debt is inherently bad . Why do politicians and the ruling class in general continue to tell this lie? The answer: it is part of the overarching cunning plan the neoliberals have to transfer public utilities and services to the private sector. Mission (almost) accomplished.

Jeff Langdon, Smythesdale

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