‘Don’t take this’

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Plea: Tennis club members stand behind driving force; community members Don and Pam Green, Tennis Club Vice President Ryan Varga and member Pauline Merritt.Tailem Bend Tennis Club members are beggingthe Coorong District Council to fix their clubhouse rather than demolish itit.
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It was declared unsafe for use last year after awhite ant problem was found,which has attacked the floorboards of the building making it unsafe to stand on,there are also concerns of asbestos.

The Coorong District Council own the land that the tennis club use and on July 19, the council made a decision to vary terms of the lease at the Tailem Bend Tennis Club to include demolition and removal of the clubhouse.

Members of the tennis club understand there is a possibility that their club and facilities will be moved to create a combined multi-sport facility at Jaensch Park where the netball club,football club and cricket clubare currently located.

They have come to terms with this move and are excited by itbut are now pleading to be able to use their current facilities until the move happens, which they understand does not have an official date but could take up to about seven years.

Devastated at the possibility of losing their clubhouse, they have started a petition to the Mayor and Councillors to reverse their decision to demolish the clubhouse.

Vice President of the Tailem Bend Tennis Club Ryan Varga said it would be ideal to keep the use ofthese facilitiesuntil the move.

“It’s like when you sell a house, you don’t sell it until you have a new one to live in,” he said.

Members are worried that if their club is forced to stop for the time being, they will struggle to get it going again once the move occurs.

Recently joined member of the Tailem Bend Tennis Club, Pauline Merritt does not want to see their clubhouse demolished is involved in the petition which has gained more than 400 signatures in five days.

“We are hoping to reverse the council’s decision to knock down our clubhouse until they can relocate us in the new complex,” she said.

“I feel that the councilors that voted unanimously have been misinformed.”.

“Everyone is looking forward to having a new venue, but in the meantime we just want to have a place to stay,” Ms Merritt said.

“This is an important venue for the aged and especially our youth to have,” she said.

More then 50 names use the tennis club facilities and about 20-25 extras travel from across the Murraylands to participate in the Senior’s competition on Tuesdays.

Although it may not be a modern facility with mis-matched chairs and crockery, members would enjoy a cup ofcoffee together to make the sport more social.

“If this closes, tennis will stop, it is at least five to seven years before the new venue is ready.”

“Once something stops, it will not get started up again,” Ms Merritt said.

Members of the tennis club understand that $5000 has been set aside for the demolition of the clubhouse and whatever money is left over will be used to build a storage shed.

“The building has a floor that needs fixing and this can be done for about $2000 and to knock it down will cost ratepayers a lot more,” Ms Merritt said.

Mayor of the Coorong District Council Neville Jaensch said the council feelsvery deeply for the club, but their obligation is safety.

“The council, I believe has just finished getting the asbestos issue report,” he said.

“We have an obligation for safety and we treat it very seriously.”

Mayor Jaensch said the council will revisit the situation and is open to discussion with the tennis club and the community.

“There may be a chance that theclubhouse does get fixed but it will be dependent on the asbestos report and the cost it will take to bring it back to safety,” he said.

Mayor Jaensch said the move of the the tennis club is in very early stages and they are in discussion with the various sporting clubs where all clubs need to have an equal say.

He said there is no specific timeline of the move at this stage.

“We feel it would be to the best outcome to have upgraded facilities,” he said.

“We do not want to see the tennis club fail, there has never been a point where we want that to happen.”

“We just have a responsibility to the community for their safety,” he said.

Tailem Bend Football Club President Terry Connolly said he would have no issue if the tennis club were to move to the grounds, but it would have to be their decision.

“We will be more than happy to sit down with the tennis club and the Coorong Council if the move goes ahead, to best accommodate them.”

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Young Rams a real ‘team’: Benkovic

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“WE win as 27, we suffer setbacks as 27” – that’s the credo, which Muswellbrook Rams under-18 coach Paul Benkovic has instilled into his Group 21 side.
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BRIGHT FUTURE: The Muswellbrook Rams under-18 squad – back, LeagueSafe Rob Beckingham, Paul Dengate, Lochlan Paine, Joaby Stevens, Cody Risby, Will Noonan, Brad Collett, LeagueSafe Chris Dengate; middle, coach Paul Benkovic, FAO Kim Beverstock, Koby Adam-Smith, Brock Farrell, Reinhard Lategan, Annaru Komene, Bailey Taylor (c), Jake Parker, Jason Mackay, Wade Mackenzie, assistant coach Mick Barnes, manager Jonas Merrick; and, front, Blake Kellett, Will Picton, Bryce Beverstock, Fletcher Baker, Alex Armstrong, Tom Bianco, Brock Mathews and Brodie Collins – which will face the Singleton Greyhounds in Sunday’s Group 21 grand final.

And, it’s a bond the mentor hopes will hold the youngsters in good stead against the Singleton Greyhounds in Sunday’s grand final at Olympic Park.

“I had a squad of 27 at the start of the year,” he said.

“Since then, everyone’s played their part.

“They’ve been fantastic – they are a great bunch of kids.

“They’re all very respectful.

“In fact, I can’t speak highly enough about them.

“They’re also local juniors, which makes this journey even more special.

“A lot have come through the club’s ranks from day one.

“But, all in all, they’ve worked extremely hard to be in the position they’re in.

“Assistant coach Mick Barnes, and LeagueSafe trio Rob Beckingham, Chris Dengate and Kim Beverstock, have also been sensational for me.

“I’m thrilled with the excellent support I’ve received.

“It’s been a huge team effort.”

The Rams sent the Scone Thoroughbreds packing in last Sunday’s final, despite trailing their rivals 10-4 midway through the second half.

However, tries to Brad Collett and Jayden Kennedy, plus two goals to Bailey Taylor, saw Muswellbrook prevail 16-10.

“They didn’t panic, which was important,” Benkovic said.

“They’re not only fighters, they all have good heads on them.

“I was very proud the guys maintained their composure under pressure.”

Benkovic said the Rams had shifted their focus onto the Greyhounds, the only outfit to beat them in 2016.

“That loss, 12-10 in the major semi-final, taught the boys they’re not invincible,” he admitted.

“I believe they are hungry for it [success] now.

“Three or four of them also played in the 2015 grand final.

“This is their chance to avenge that defeat.

“The players kept cool heads (against Scone) – they’ll need to do that this weekend, too.”

Muswellbrook tackles Singleton at 11.20am, following the women’s league tag encounter between Scone and Greta Branxton from 10am.

The squad is:PaulDengate, Lochlan Paine, Joaby Stevens, Cody Risby, Will Noonan, Brad Collett, Koby Adam-Smith, Brock Farrell, Reinhard Lategan, Annaru Komene, Bailey Taylor (c), Jake Parker, Jason Mackay, Wade Mackenzie, Blake Kellett, Will Picton, Bryce Beverstock, Fletcher Baker, Alex Armstrong, Tom Bianco, Zac Dean, James Howard, Ethan Alderson, Hayden Moxey, Jayden Kennedy,Brock Mathews andBrodie Collins.

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Lambie to meet over UTAS move

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TASMANIAN Senator Jacqui Lambie will meet a federal minister and senior education officials for abriefing to detail how the government will spend $150 million in the relocation of the University of Tasmania’sBurnie and Launceston campuses.
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During this year’s federalelection campaign the Coalition and Labor both announced they would invest$150 million to relocate and expand the UTAS’s two campuses, but little detail on how it would be spent was provided.

Ms Lambie wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and asked him to provide further clarification about how the money would be spent.

In a letter to Ms Lambie, Mr Turnbull said Launceston would“be an early priorityfor a City Deal” which includedmoney for UTAS’s campus relocation.

A briefing has now been slated for August 29 in Ms Lambie’s Parliament House office withAssistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor and a senior officer from the Department of Education.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the$150 million “would beavailable from when the project begins”.

“On UTAS’ advice our contribution will commence from 2017-18 as the project’s work ramps up,” he said.

“I’ve been in Tasmania discussing the project’s rollout and the planning required with UTAS, as has the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor, and I’ve also met with the Tasmanian Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff.

“We are currently working through the rollout details of the project with UTAS and the Tasmanian Government and following that I will be in a position to brief my parliamentary colleagues.”

Ms Lambie called on the government not to delay funding the project.

“All too often politicians have made promises,” she said.

Mr Taylor, who visited Tasmania on Friday, said although both the Launceston and Burnie campusredevelopments were important, Launceston had precedence for him.

“I’m focused on the Launceston project because that is the one that will have the big impact on that city,” he said.

DETAILS: Senator Jacqui Lambie will meet Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor in Canberra on August 29.

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All Blacks on guard after Quade recall

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Quade Cooper will only “enhance” the Wallabies’ chances if picked for Saturday’s second Bledisloe Cup Test in Wellington, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says.
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DANGERMAN: Quade Cooper’s recall to the Wallabies’ starting side has the All Blacks on red alert. Picture: Getty Images

Cooper was named at five-eighth when the Australian side wasunveiled on Thursday, after earlierspeculation he could start at No.12 to replace Matt Giteau (ankle).

The 28-year-old hasn’t played at international level since taking on Uruguay in last year’s World Cup and has a patchy record in New Zealand, where he has been booed mercilessly by local supporters and targeted by the All Blacks as a weak link in defence.

But coach Michael Cheika had little choice but to turn to Cooper as he deals with a spate of backline injuries, including to inside-centre options Matt Giteau, Matt Toomua and Rob Horne.

“Quade’s a good player. He gets maligned a wee bit over here because of a few incidents with Richie [McCaw],” Hansen told reporters.

“We’re not too forgiving of people who pick on Rich – I’m talking about the fans.

“Within the team he’s well respected.

“He’ll enhance them, I think.”

All Blacks five-eighth Beauden Barrett hopes a sold-out Westpac Stadium takes it easy on the Auckland-born Cooper.

“He’s a good bloke and he deserves to be treated like anyone else,” Barrett said.

Hansen expects the Wallabies will kick more with Cooper as a second playmaker, next to Bernard Foley, in an attempt to control territory.

It’s anticipated Cooper will be partnered in the centres with Samu Kerevi, who looms as a straight swap for the out-of-form Tevita Kuridrani.

Other changes are also likely in the wake of last week’s 42-8 belting in Sydney.

Australia hasn’t won in New Zealand since 2001 and are the biggest outsiders in Bledisloe Cup history but Hansen is bracing for the “kitchen sink” to be thrown at them.

“They’ve had a big week over there with their own disappointment plus the media and their own fans having a crack at them,” he said.

“We’d be foolish to think they’re not going to turn up and play really well.”

Magnolias in bloom

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STUNNER: The magnificent magnolia x soulangeana comes into its own in late winter and early spring, bursting out with large mauve and white goblet-shaped blooms on bare, sculptural branches.As the late winter, early spring garden gradually unfolds its buds,few plants say ‘look at me’ more dramatically than the stunning sculptural blooms ofMagnolia x soulangeana
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Named after Professor Pierre Mongol, anearly 18th century director of the botanical gardens in Montpelier in France, magnolias are a large and varied genus of both deciduous and evergreen plants mainly from Asia.

As woodland plants their best growing soils are lime-free, deep and fertile,well drained and aerated with generous amounts of organic matter. Water regularly and mulchannually with a mix of leaf mould, cow manure anda handful of blood and bone.

Propagation can be achieved from summer to autumntip cuttings or simplelayering. Apart from shaping a young shrub according to its habit of growth, pruning is not usually required.

Magnoliax soulangeana(the collective name for a French hybrid from 1820) makes a eye-catching tree in small gardens, growing to around 5m x 4m at maturity on a single trunk with low lateral branches. Winter buds (which might need some protection from possums) open into large, lilac-purple, waxy, petalled goblets, white inside suffused with purple at the base lasting between 3-4 weeks in bloom.

An improved variety ‘Burgundy Glow’ has fragrant flowers of dark purplish pink and white. Magnolia ‘Felix’ features show stopping giant, fragrant hot pink blooms; while Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ has black/red tulip shaped blooms,and later attractive foliage. Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ is the first creamy yellow flowered hybrid – a vigorous grower becoming a small upright tree. Varieties ‘Sunburst’ and “Sundance’ are deeper hued.

Often the first to flower in winter and popular as a tubbed plant,Magnolia stellatagrows slowly into a small bushy to medium sized shrub producing masses of star-shaped white flowers.

Although a member of the Magnolia family, the evergreenMichelia figo(commonly known as the port wine magnolia) is not as hardy as the previously mentioned deciduous trees. As a heavily perfumed small creamy-purple flowered screen or container plant it does best in a sunny sheltered site with protection from severe frost.

Boxing ring a hit with Numbulwar youth

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GLOVES ON: Numbulwar youth have a blast with their community’s new inflatable boxing ring and giant boxing gloves. Photo: Supplied.ITmay be a small, remote community, butNumbulwarnow boasts aneye-catching,yellow and red inflatable boxing ring.
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With help from the Northern Territory government,Roper Gulf Regional Council has installed the boxing ringfor local youth.

Council staffmade the most of a $10,000 Community Benefit Fund grant to purchase the boxing ring as well asa pool table,television,gaming console and computertablets, to ensure the sport and recreation hall has become the place for youth to congregate in Numbulwar.

Roper Gulf Regional Council’sCommunity Safety, Youth, Sport and Recreation co-ordinatorSam Nowickisaid the provision ofengaging activities for youth was always high onthe agenda for communities.

He saidthe boxing ring had provided a safe and unique way for Numbulwar’s youngest residents to be physically active and build their confidence.

“The bouncy boxing ring has received a good workout already, with the youth enjoying some fun boxing matches,” Mr Nowickisaid.

“It’s a really great workout, with the boxers having lots of fun in a safe environment.

“There has been lots of laughing, cheering and fun had with the new gear.”

Numbulwar is located almost 500kmseast of Katherine and has a population of 687 people.

KNOCK-OUT: Numbulwar kids enjoy the boxing ring. Photo: Supplied

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If you know something, say something

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LOCAL police havethanked the community for their ongoing support during the recent ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.
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While members of the public are urged to report any prohibited-drug activity via Crime Stoppers; ‘Dob in a Dealer’ is targeting the manufacture, supply and use of ‘ice’ (crystal methamphetamine) in the community.

Police and Crime Stoppers conducted intensive community-engagement activities at locations across the command, encouraging members of the public to report information about prohibited drugs.

Over the course of the campaign and in the weeks that followed, Crime Stoppers received a number of Information reports from the community relating to possible drug activity in the local area.

Mid North Coast Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Paul Fehon, thanked the community for getting behind the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.

“During the campaign we received 22 information reports via Crime Stoppers about suspected drug activity across our command, all of which will now undergo further investigation,” Det Supt Fehon said.

“We know we can’t be on every street corner and therefore a whole-of-community approach is required to effectively stem the spread of illicit drugs like ‘ice’.

“That’s why it was so positive to see the calls coming in with valuable information from members of the public, and I thank each and every person for making that effort.

“Unfortunately, Mid North Coast LAC and our community is not immune to the prevalence of prohibited drugs – in fact, just last week we saw a number of drug-related arrests.

“This only strengthens our resolve to continue our work, with and for the community, to get iceoff our streets and put those responsible for manufacturing these dangerous substances before the courts.

“Never underestimate the important role you can play in helping us track down and arrest those involved in manufacturing and distributing ‘ice’ across our neighbourhoods – your phone call could make an enormous difference.”

Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said people who live and work within Mid North Coast Local Area Command (LAC)can still report information confidentially and anonymously to Crime Stoppers on1800 333-000or online at梧桐夜网crimestoppers南京夜网419论坛.

“While the campaign has come to a close in Mid North Coast LAC, the issue of illegal drugs has not – and we urge the community to continue reporting drug-dealing or drug-manufacturing activity to Crime Stoppers,” Mr Price said.

“We’re calling on members of the public to step up and stamp out ‘ice’ in their community – together we can affect real change.

“Calls made to Crime Stoppers are directed to a state-wide call centre and they’re completely confidential. You do not have to identify yourself and you will not be compelled to participate for a court case,” Mr Price said.

“Most importantly, every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce drug supply – so if you know something, say something.”

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Tasmanian driver set pace for future racers

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Back in 1961 local race driver Gavin Youl was encouraged by World Champion Jack Brabham to go to England to race the new MRD (Motor Racing Developments) Formula Junior car which had been designed by Australian Ron Tauranac with input from Brabham.
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Youl had followed in his older brother John’s footsteps racing an Austin Lancer with a twin cam MG motor in 1959 and a Porsche Super 90 with considerable success.

The opportunity to progress his career in England was too good to pass up.

It proved to be a very successful move.

Youl finishing second in both the heat and the final of the FJ race at Mallory Park which set the scene for some great performances over the following years.

The next meeting at Silverstone the car suffered a holed fuel tank and Youl was forced into the pits to top up.

He still finishedseventh in a car that had virtually no brakes.

At Aintree Youl was forced out of the final with a blown head gasket, but then at Goodwood Youl finished fourth in his heat and second in the final, despite numerous problems including a fire in the pits during practice.

It was now time to go home.

The avid pilot, who also held the class C Australasian altitude record of 26,000 feet, ferried a single engine Cessna back to Australia with friends Roger Tregaskis and Eoin Young.

He covered14,000 miles in 98 flying hours, making 30 stops in 18 countries

The MRD had been shipped back to Tasmania where Youl used it to good effect before venturing to Catalina Park in NSW.

There hewon a hard fought battle for the FJ title against Leo Geoghegan in the Lotus.

Youl then repeated the effort at Longford where the car, despite it’s 1097cc capacity, recorded over 200kph on the flying mile.

He then returned to England with the intention of racing an updated version of the car, now called a Brabham.

However,a crash at Brands Hatch during pre-season testing left him with a broken collarbone and out of action for some time.

The repaired car was returned to Australia but after competing at a couple of meetings on the mainland Youl decided to retire from the sport.

Subsequently, the car had a number of owners, but very little use until it was purchased recently by a Tasmanian collector who has a particular passion for Brabhams.

The beautifully-restored car is now on display at the National Automobile Museum in Cimitiere street.

This weekend will be good opportunity to view the car as the museum is open to the public, free of charge, on both Saturday and Sunday.

TASMANIAN TRIUMPH: Gavin Youl wearing his victory garland after winning the NSW Formula Junior Championship at Catalina circuit in Katoomba. He raced internationally with Jack Brabham’s MRD team.

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Spring a mixed bag: Bureau of Meteorology

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SPRING OUTLOOK: The jury is still out on whether Tasmania will experience a wetter spring than the average, with the Bureau of Meteorology outlook showing an equal chance for wet and dry conditions. Picture: Cordell Richardson.
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Farmers will have to wait a little longer before they know for certain whether Tasmaniawill have a wetter or drier spring than average, however temperatures are likely to be hotter than average.

The latest outlook report from the Bureau of Meteorology shows a 50 per cent chance of the spring season being either wetter or drier than average.

Climate indicators at this stage do not tend towards either scenario, Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Catherine Ganter said.

“With respect to farmers and normal conditions, it appears farmers have a good base to start with [for spring],” Ms Ganter said.

The report shows an 80 per cent chance of hotter-than-average temperatures occurring for the whole of Tasmania.

“Both the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be warmer than average and that includes day time and night time temperatures.”

Earlier in the year the state was in the grip of an El Nino weather system that caused lower-than-average rainfall to occur across most regions.

The El Nino was a mixed bag for farmers, with the livestock industry experiencing fodder shortages and some horticulture industries harvests wereimpacted.

However other industries, such as berries, poppies and viticulture experienced bountiful harvests.

The El Nino began to weak over the autumn and winter months but brought with it the 50 per cent chance of its opposite weather pattern La Nina to appear.

“In the Indian Ocean we have a negative diapole that has been influencing climate the past few months but it is weakening and on the other side in the Pacific Ocean our climate indicators are currently neutral.”

Ms Ganter said there was still a chance La Nina could form but it was getting a bit late for the southern states, including Tasmania.

“It’s still looking like 50-50 for La Nina but the two climate drivers [of the system] are either neutral or weakening,” she said.

“We may approach La Nina thresholds later in the year but it might be a bit too late for us in the south.”

The current negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) pattern is expected to weaken over the spring period. This means its influence on Australian rainfall is likely to decrease in the coming months.

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is neutral, with sea surface temperatures showing a cooling trend since late last year.

In periods when La Niña is developing or near thresholds, some areas typically experience La Niña-like impacts, including above average rainfall across northern Australia.It is less likely to hit Tasmania.

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Global issues covered at world-first sheep event

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Woolgrowers and sheep breeders from across the globe will gather in Adelaide for the inaugural World Merino Insight (WMI) from 4-9 September.
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The six-day event covers both the meat and fibre aspects of merino production and brings together breeders, suppliers and buyers from across the sheep, wool and sheep meat industries.

WMI Co-Chair Peter Meyer said the event was for everyone involved in the sheep, sheepmeat and wool industry – not only Merino breeders.

“We have an excellent cross-section of industry showcasing all facets of the Australian sheep sector,” Mr Meyer said.

“It’s a great chance for an in-depth industry insight, from the conference on Tuesday to the innovation day at Murray Bridge, where we have more than 20 trade displays and more than 20 sheep studs from South Australia and interstate displaying livestock.”

Held in and around Adelaide, the six-day program includes a field day, two ram sales, a conference, Royal Adelaide Show access and tours.

Mr Meyer said the event tied in well with the Royal Adelaide Show, and two of the industry’s feature sales, the Classings Classic Merino Ram Sale at Murray Bridge and the SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale at Adelaide.

“There is no better time to be in the sheep industry then at the moment with excellent wool prices and lamb and mutton prices,” he said.

“The Insight is a great event and well worth making the effort to come to.”

So far the event had attracted good interest from overseas, interstate and locally, with Mr Meyer saying it would also allow fantastic opportunities to network with industry leading speakers and producer delegates from across the world.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is proud to support the South Australian Merino sheep industry and is a sponsor of the 2016 World Merino Insight conference. Earlier this year, PIRSA also supported and launched the South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint, which aims to grow South Australia’s sheep industry production and value from the current base of $1.48 billion per annum to $1.8 billion in 2020.

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