You’re a hero or a zero in space of one metre

Afterdriving at speeds approaching 250km/hdownthe straights, scrapping the side mirror against concrete walls at 180 and jumping thecar over curbs at well over 150, the top 15 cars qualified within half a second of eachother at Townsville.
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Thatequates to around one-metre in distance between first and 15thand tells us acouple of things. Firstly, the drivers are incredibly skilful but surely in need of some form of therapy. Secondly,this is the most competitive sport in the country,where after three kilometres of near out-of-control madness, you are just an also ran ifyou’re more than one metre behind the winner.

Welcome to Brad Jones’world.

DRIVEN: Albury’s Brad Jones is a man with a plan to win a V8 Championship, saying ‘you keep getting stronger – that’s what you can then build a championship year on’.

Just make it even more interesting, American billionaire Rodger Penske lured Joneskey Driver Engineer combination of Fabian Coulthard and Phil Keens to join his DJRPenske team at the end of last season.

Despite the challenges, Jones said the first half of the year has been successful with two wins and a second from the first sevenevents.

“With change you always go through a difficult period,” Jones said from his office atBJR HQ in Albury this week.

“But I would describe the first half of the year assuccessful. Jason in the BOC car had a great start but we reallystruggled with the freightliner car at the start and getting to know Tim (Slade).

“We both ended up learning a fair bit about each other fairly quickly but now we have beenpretty successful. Even after a tough weekend like we had in Townsville where itdoesn’t suit us, we were still in the top 15, so we have consistency andresults that gives us confidence.”

With only two races left until the teams hit the showcase events of the year – Sandown500, Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 – Jones is squarely focused on more racewins and putting the team in position to challenge for a championship.

“We have two tracks coming up where we have struggled a bit – Sandown andGold Coast, but we are working on some things to minimise that,” he said.

“It’s a three-yearplan to win a championship, right now we are still getting to know Tim and he’s stillgetting to know us; my focus is to make sure he finishes the year at worst in the top 10in the championship, but ideally in the top five and we will need a strong secondhalf of the year to achieve that. You keep getting stronger; that’s what you can thenbuild a championship year on,” Jones said.

There is real momentum in the BJR camp and with brother Kim, Jones has theexperience to turn it into on track success. Once known for punchingabove its weight, other teams as well as the sport’s leading commentators nowknow that the Brad Jones Racing team is a consistent top 10performer and thenext step is to win a Supercar Championship.

For this weekend though, as the teamshead to Queensland raceway for round 8, Brad Jones will just be looking to find thatelusive half a second that will put them at the front of the field.

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吉林快三和值最大遗漏:Tigers far too good for?Rovers

The undefeated Bungendore Tigers continued on their winning way proving too strong for the Boorowa Rovers. The final score favoured Bungendore 38-4 but didn’t really reflect the game.
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It was only in the final quarter of the match when the Tigers began to pull away from a very plucky Rovers team who just couldn’t penetrate some tough defence despite many promising raids.

Bungendore got away to a flying start leading 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

The Rovers launched a counter attack and very nearly crossed just three minutes later. A fiery blow up saw a Tigers player sent to the sin-bin.

Boorowa were quick to capitalise with Kris halls crossing wide out after some good lead up work. With the score at 10-4 Boorowa continued to mount several attacking raids but the Tigers defence held firm. Bungendore then went further aheadjust before halftime to make the score 16-4 at the break.

The second half,Bungendore scoredquickly after just three minutes to extend the lead to 22-4. The match began to get heated as both forward packs tried to dominate with some good hits. The Rovers tried hard to penetrate the Bungendore defensive line and probably deserved more points. It was Bungendore however, that raced in three tries in the final fifteen minutes to blow the score out somewhat to 38-4.

Despite the score, it was one of Boorowa’s better displays with some promising signs in attack and some willing defence. Best for Boorowa was Mick Hinds who picked up three points and was creative in attack all day. Kris Halls was also impressive picking up two points and Mr Consistency, Matt Batt got one point. Players player was Mick Hinds whilst the Fabstock award went to Justin Corkery.

In other games on the weekend, Boomanulla won a tight game 28-20 over Braidwood whilst Harden hammered the gunning Roos 52-10 and the North Canberra 54 soundly beat Crookwell 18.

This weekend’s other games see Boomanulla hosting Harden, Bungendore play Gunning and ADFA face a huge task against North Canberra. Crookwell has the bye.

The Rovers have just one home game left for the season on Saturday week when they host ADFA. One date supporters should also note is September 10 when the Ex-services club will host the Rovers presentation night. Meanwhile, this weekend get along and support the lads at Braidwood on Saturday at 2.30 pm. Then on Saturday night the boys will be back at the Courthouse to hopefully celebrate a win.

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Rams ready for race day

MEMBERS of the Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Football Club will swap their playing jumpers for racing attire at Skellatar Park next month.
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FUN FOR ALL: Muswellbrook Rams under-6 Golds’ Lachlan Mills.

And, the local organisation is extending an invitation to residents, and visitors, to attend its annual Rams Race Day on Sunday, August 7, which will be held in conjunction with the popular Bengalla Cup.

“It’s a great low cost event the whole family can enjoy and we would love everyone to come along,” Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Club publicity officer Michelle Williams said.

“The more people we have attend the meeting the merrier.

“It will no doubt be a glorious winter’s day with so much on offer.

“We’ll have free laser tag and a jumping castle for the kids, along with a reptile display, NRL games and prizes, a delicious barbecue lunch, full TAB and bar facilities, and a colouring-in station for the ‘littlies’.

“Added to that is a display of vintage cars, a coffee van, slushies, popcorn and fairy floss, temporary tattoo booth for the children as well as beautiful landscaped grounds to sit and relax.

“If you want to have a bet on the Bengalla Cup, you’ll be looked after, too.”

All the action will take place at the Muswellbrook Race Club with gates opening at 11.30am, with the first race scheduled to start at 12.30pm.

Entry is just $5 and all children will be admitted free of charge.

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Workshops for?tourism promoters

member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson.
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Tourism operators in Destination Riverina, Murray, Southern NSW and Country & Outback NSW regions are being encouraged to attend upcoming workshops as part of the NSW First Program.

Workshops will offer operators the opportunity to learn the must-know tips and insights to deliver great visitor experiences; learn about targeting international visitors and how to be export ready and the importance of digital marketing channels.

Member for Cootamundra,KatrinaHodgkinson, said the 2016 workshops delivered by the State’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW are aimed at providing tourism operators across Regional NSW with product development advice and industry resources to help grow tourism across the State.

“The Industry Development Workshop represents a wonderful opportunity for our tourism industry to learn about working with the media and tailoring your message as well as delivering quality food and drink experiences,”Katrinasaid.

“The Export Ready 101 Workshop is anopportunityto learn what it means to be export ready and how tourism experiences can be bought and sold through inbound sales and distribution channels,”Katrinasaid.

“The Digital Webinar Series are an opportunity for our tourism industry to make the most of online platforms and boost their business.

“The NSW government announced that NSW continues to attract more international visitors than any other state in Australia, with 3.6 million overseas visitors spending nearly $9 billion each year.

“Our region has so much to offer and we must ensure that our local tourism operators provide the very best products and experiences to visitors to maintain a competitive edge.”

Katrinasaid that after the success of the NSW First programs in previous years, more workshops have been offered this year.

“Destination NSW will deliver 30 workshops in 21 locations around NSW in addition to six new Digital Webinars for those who wish to participate online,” Katrinaadded.

For more information and to register, go to:梧桐夜网destinationnsw南京夜网419论坛/workshops.

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Race for council seats should be respectful

Having fought and won a campaign to prevent the merger of Shoalhaven and Kiama councils, the community rightly expects the election of the new council to be conducted in a respectful and transparent fashion.
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Having witnessed four years of untidy and at times acrimonious debate on the floor of council andaccusationsof bullying andexclusion of councillors not on the majority team, voters are hankering for a change in behaviour.

A departure from block voting also appears to be a major concern, one obviously recognised by Team Gash.

At the announcement of candidates on Monday, Mayor Joanna Gash stridently assured the media her team was made up of like-minded individuals. And new candidates Barry McCaffery and Katrina Condie were at great pains to reinforce the point.

Cr Gash also batted aside questions about her close political relationship with Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis, whose recent lacklustre campaign she managed while taking leave from her civic duties. Whether voter dissatisfaction with Mrs Sudmalis’s performance will reflect on Team Gash remains to be seen. There is, however, a perceptible thirst for a loosening of longstanding grips on local power.

Whatever happens, voters have not reacted particularly well to the early shots fired in the campaign, namelythe distribution of a flyer authorised by G. Nosworthy, who in the past has lent his name to Greg Watson’s campaign. There is an expectation that local politics should be conducted in a more polite fashion than what is experienced at state and federal levels.

There is also a desire for a pause –a decent interval -in the politics to which we have been exposed for what will seem like an eternity come September 10.

With the announcement of candidates –a field well represented by former media people –the political chatter will intensify but if the community is to stay engaged it should at least be civil. And if any team takes the high ground of having policyrather than personality platforms its chances at the ballot box will be vastly improved.

With fresh faces entering the council race –among them three well known former media people who have witnessed destructive local politicsover the years –it is reasonable to expect a better standard of campaign this time around and a more balanced council after the process. Good government requires alternative viewpoints.

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UOW lays a golden egg for Illawarra economy

Dreams can come true: Elizabeth Eastland was excited to see the vision she was involved with from the beginning become a reality at the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus. Picture: Robert Peet.The opening of the iAccelerate buildingis the beginning of an excitingnew chapter for Wollongong.
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Founding chief executive Elizabeth Eastlandsaid the facility is everything she had hoped for whenher first task was to help people believe this could happen in the Illawarra.”I went to Waterloo andbrought back the vision.I not only wanted to make it happen but I wanted to create so much momentum that it would continue to grow,” she said.

Ms Eastland believes thatmomentum has begun. She is proud of what everyone involved from the community has achieved and excited about what it all means for the future.”It is not just a building. It is a symbol. It is spectacular. I think itwill be the start of a transformation and a movement within the Illawarra,” she said.

Ms Eastland sees iAccelerate as a beacon andDestination Wollongong’sMark Sleigh agreedsaying it is alandmark for acity of innovation.”The energy the building brings with it and the way people will bounceoff each otheris absolutely incredible”.

The Illawarra Connection president Roger Summerill described it as amilestone moment thatreinforcesthe importance of the university.”This is going to help accelerate the future growth of this city and region. Thewhole innovation campus is encouraging people to come and invest”.

NSW Business Chamber national corporate relations managerJo Spencer said it wasfocusing more national attention on Wollongong and its stand-out university.

“This is such an advantage for the city and for entrepreneurial startups and for students to get into innovative projects. It is really an important part of Wollongong’s future as it moves towards a knowledge economy,” she said.

RDA Illawarra chief executiveDebra Murphy said iAccelerate isalready bringing more vibrancy.”It means there are more growth opportunities now and a placefor businesses with seed ideas to flourish,” she said.

i3net executive officer Tony Green said “anything that will help grow new manufacturing businesses that canprovide opportunities for ourlocal industry is awesome”.

Ai Groupregional manager Leanne Grogan said it provided great opportunities foradvanced manufacturing.”iAccelerate is not just about startup companies. If a company has a good innovative idea they can actually put someone in here to develop that”.

Speaking for Advantage Wollongong,involvingUOW, council and the Department of Industry, Wollongongeconomic development manager Mark Grimson said it is an important moment forthe city’s evolution into the new knowledge economy that willmean our best and brightest do not have to leave.

“Thisprovides a further opportunity for Wollongong to showcase itself and promote itself and for people to see it in a different light. I think in many ways Wollongong is really coming of age and facilities like this just reinforce the many exciting things that are happening,” Mr Grimsonsaid.

iAccelerate chief executive OmarKhalifasaid iAccelerate willattract businesses, research and investment to a region becoming an innovation hub. And at a time when the changing demand on the workforce is being rapidly accelerated like never before.

“It is estimated that over the next 20 years 40 per cent of the jobs that exist today will no longer exist,” he said.

Ms Khalifa said that means we have to invent new jobs and a facility such as iAccelerate will help do that.

“It is a bold initiative that seeks to embrace the future and prepare the entire Illawarra for it,” he said.

University of Wollongong vice chancellor ProfessorPaul Wellings said iAccelerate willplaceWollongong wellfor a future that will be transformedby new enterprises and new companies we are yet to dream about.It is a space where many of those dreams can happen.

Prof Wellings said the vision is for iAccelerate to create 500 direct and 1000 indirect jobs by the end of the decade and attract an additional $70 million of investment to the regionaleconomy.

He said last week iAccelerate hosted an International Symposium on regional innovation and global leader on entrepreneurship Prof JerryEngel, of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley,saw iAccelerate playing an important role in developing a strong and robust economy with an ability to adapt to change in an uncertain world.

Deputy vice-chancellor (research)Professor Judy Raperthinks of the purpose builtincubator and accelerator as a golden egg for the Wollongong economy. It will assistthe rapid growth of new businesses andattractother businessand investment to the region.Since 2012 the initiative has supported 65 startup companies which have created 143 jobs.

NSW Industry minister Anthony Roberts said the University of Wollongong contributed $2 billion into the national economic output in a state thatalready accounted for 50 per cent of national startups.

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What’s Australia’s most dangerous job?

A total of 25 per cent of all workplace fatalities in 2014 occurred as a result of construction related incidents. Photo Louie DouvisDeath and injury are not usually high on the list of concerns for the average office worker.
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But for those working in agriculture, forestry and fishing, perhaps they should be.

An analysis of the most recent data set from Safe Work Australia found the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry recorded the highest number of injuries and fatalities from 2003 to 2014, with the 686 deaths recorded accounting for 23 per cent of total workplace deaths in the period.

In 2013-14 the combined industry recorded the third-highest number of worker’s compensation claims, referring to 8.6 million hours worked.

“It’s no surprise, given commercial fishing is deemed as the most dangerous job on the planet,” said Michelle Hutchison, money expert at comparison website finder南京夜网419论坛, who compared the the Safe Work Australia data.

Transport, postal and warehousing was not far behind, with 549 transport-related deaths in workplaces. These industries and those of agriculture forestry and fishing all involve some form of driving of vehicle interaction, accounting for the high number fatalities.

Vehicle-related incidents remain the biggest killer in Australian workplace incidents, with road freight transport alone killing 423 workers in the 2003-2014 period.

The construction industry came in third on the list of most dangerous jobs, followed by manufacturing, mining, arts and recreation services, wholesale trade, health and community services, public administration and safety, and finally, administrative and support services.

Despite coming in eighth in terms of its risk level, health and community services recorded the highest number of serious injuries claims in 2013-14, totalling 17,415.

Forestry was among the industries to record 686 deaths in 2003-2014. Photo Louie Douvis

In ranking Australia’s most dangerous jobs, finder南京夜网419论坛 used the most recently released figures from Safe Work Australia.

“It was based on a weighting of 100:1 fatalities to injuries, with the number of deaths per 1000 workers and the number of serious injuries per 100,000 workers,” Ms Hutchison said.Statistics on work-related fatalities are published regularly in the Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report.

A spokesperson for Safe Work Australia said the statistics in the report show that the rate and number of work-related fatalities is declining.

“Between 2003 and 2014, the rate of work-related injury fatalities fell by 41 per cent from 2.75 fatalities per 100 000 workers in 2003 to 1.61 in 2014,” she said.

“Over the same period, the number of worker fatalities fell by 27 per cent from 259 to 188.”

Safe Work Australia said it is difficult to compare Australia’s work place fatalities to other countries, due to differences in the scope and methodology used by countries to collect fatality data.

“Areas of difference include the coverage of self-employed workers, the lack of data relating to road traffic fatalities and the incomplete coverage within the data of the working population.

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Some of the region’s best in badminton

Badminton club members standing: Graham Williams (Club Secretary), Alice Muffet, Robert Mayo, Tara, Alireza Mahdieh, (Benita – baby), Bo Stanmore, John Castles, Alex Saladino, Chris Sweeney, Rawson Leach, Mark Shanahan, Robert Muffet. Kneeling: Sue Woods, Erin Mayo, Jodie Mayo, Cory Mayo, Jack Loomes, Jay Bhakta (Club President) Megan McLauchlan (Asst. Treasurer). Members absent or missing in picture: Gayle Williams, Lorraine & Graham Everest, Rowan Woods, Darren Jelbart, Ben Mackay & Tracy Brown.The Forbes Badminton Club concluded another successful season with a presentation night on June 22.
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The club’s success is mainly driven by the enthusiasm and commitment of its members. Every season, the club loses a few members, as people change towns etcbut new members join bringing in a fresh round of enthusiasm.

We had six new members – Mark Shanahan, Alice and Robert Muffet, Ali andTara Mahdieh, and Darren Jelbart.

The new season commences on Wednesday July 27. Games are played every Wednesday at Forbes Highfor 21 weeks with finals on December 7, followed by Presentations on December 14.

Games commence at 6.30PM and finish by 9PM. First four weeks are social games suited for newcomers. Shuttles are provided. If you do not have a Badminton racket, you can hire one from the club. Students get 50 per centconcession.

Competitions commence August 24. Singles and doubles will be played in Grade A and B. For doubles, every alternate week will be played as a mixed grade for widening the experience. Games are played as per roster circulated by secretary, Graham Williams.

Most Improved – Alice Muffet.

Doubles Grade A: Jack Loomes and Jay Bhakta. Runners up – Bo Stanmore and Graham Everest.Doubles Grade B: Ali Mahdieh and Robert Muffet. Runners up – Jodie Mayo and Gayle Williams.

Singles Grade B: Megan McLauchlan. Runners up – Sue Woods.Singles Grade A and Club Champion: Jay Bhakta. Runners up – Bo Stanmore

(Standing) Jay Bhakta – Singles Grade A Winner and Club Champion and Megan McLauchlan ?Grade B Winner (kneeling) Bo Stanmore ?and Sue Woods – Runners Up respectively in Singles Grade A and B.

FBC is lucky to have one of the Best Badminton Courts in the Central West Region – the floors are proper wooden floors with lines well marked and the courts are well maintained. A big thanks to Forbes High School. Those living at Forbes with an interest to play or learn Badminton, should consider joining FBC.

Badminton can be played at a pace suited to the player, as we play both singles and doubles and in two grades.

The FBC would like to throw down the gauntlet for someone to come and try to match or surpass the smash speeds of FBC’s fastest smashers – John Castles and Bo Stanmore.

For more information, e-mail FBC President Jay Bhakta at [email protected]南京夜网 or text Jay on 0418 480 728. Full information on Facebook page – look for Forbes Badminton Club.

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CCA calls in election promises

Cattle Council of Australia chief executive officer Jed Matz.
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CATTLECouncil of Australia has welcomed the new Federal Cabinet but has urged the government to deliver on its leadership funding election commitments.

In June the Coalition announced new funding measures for agriculture including $5 million for the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.

Chief executive officer Jed Matzsaid CCAhad called for a funding commitment to help establish a directly-elected producer organisation, underpinned by a sustainable funding model.

“Since 2013, the CCAhas been pushing towards structural change to adequately deliver the advocacy, policy and strategic services the grass fed industry needs,’’ Mr Matz said.

“The commitment of the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund is a step in the right direction in empowering agriculture.

“Cattle Council congratulate the government on its re-election but we urge the government not to forget its commitment to the agriculture and in particular the beef industry.”

The organisation Cattle Council seeks to establish would combine policy development and advocacy, and be led by a board directly elected by cattle levy payers.

Mr Matz said the new model would provide grass-fed producers with more control over the $64 million they pay annually through the compulsory levy.

“The key for the new organisation is the development of a sustainable funding model which would allow the organisation to focus on delivering the best outcomes for grass-fed producers, instead of being impeded by funding concerns.”

“We believe the future of agriculture should be foremost on the governments agenda, and we hope to see further details on the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund soon,” Mr Matz said.

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Rules of engagement: don’t try with haters

I just woke up one morning and decided not to do it anymore.
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For what seems like decades, I’d been online and arguing. If someone used the the word feminazi, I’d be in there, explaining why that’s not a useful term. If someone said all feminists should be killed – or indeed that I should be killed – I’d be in there having the idiotic argument. Of course I shouldn’t be killed. Who would make my putative grandchildren’s birthday cakes?

I’d use bad language, or even worse language.

Then I had to face-up. One, I would never be able to change anyone’s mindset or behaviour through social media interaction. Two, it was using up my time. I had to recognise I could only be responsible for my own behaviour.

The first realisation frustrated me. I assumed if I bothered to write to someone, they would go away and read it. Men send things to me and I read them. Usually. I mean usually, it’s men who send me links to vast tracts: unsourced, uncritiqued, unevidenced. Still, I look. But I wasn’t getting any cut-through by having a discussion based on evidence. I’d just end up in a link war.

The recognition that no amount of serious conversation would ever change the tenor of the conversation made me rethink the amount of time I spent attending to abusers. These people weren’t really wanting to know more, instead they were behaving like parasites, sucking up my time and thinking, without ever contributing to the dialogue and by engaging, I was enabling that behaviour.

The comments used to upset me but they don’t anymore. I know most of the tiny darlings who employ death threats or use other threats of violence are no more likely to actually carry out those threats than use their real names.

My rule now is to engage with people whose opinions I value – which is not the same as engaging only with those with whom I agree. It’s possible to express differing opinions with respect. I ignore and block those who call their bots to the yard; who call in their “multiple”supporters to engage in a pile-on.

Even after a week of my new management plan, I felt better. I didn’t stop interacting online but I stopped reacting. If I recognised the beginnings of abusive behaviour, I’d use the tools provided by Facebook and Twitter to block or to mute.

The brilliant Tara Moss, author of much but most recently,Speaking Out, used her new book to write about online experiences and safety. She too says she used to engage.

“Any online discussion is likely to involve at least some percentage of comments that are graphically abusive, almost as a guarantee … I now find myself needing to ban and block often, and in most cases a cursory glance at an abusive person’s public feed will reveal that they literally abuse people in this way during all of their spare time.”

That was happening to me. I got louder and more aggressive and, at the same time, more frightened. She says that level of discourse has made women turn off.

“[That] has made a lot of women back away from online spaces, which I think is a shame, and a kind of failure of democracy. We can’t let the bullies win.”

The second realisation, that I was wasting my time, had a significant impact on my life. I’d become obsessed with the battles rather than the outcomes. Ignoring the haters gave me more time to do useful work, and had a direct impact on my mental wellbeing.

I don’t have time – or the will –for online bullies any more.

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Feeder steers return $1670 at Laidley

A total of 954 head were yarded at Stariha Auctions Laidley cattle sale on Thursday. The market remained firm on last sale’s high rates, with quality lines of feeder cattle and weaners in demand.
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John Campion, Middlemount, sold a draft of 163 Simmental cattle to return an average of $1097. John’s feeder steers sold to an impressive $1670.Ben Quinn, Junction View, sold Brahman cows for $1360 and milk tooth steers for $1410.

Russell Lehmann, Minden, sold Droughtmaster cows for $1300 and cows and calves for $1680.Ron Brauer, Helidon, sold a Droughtie bull for $1780.Harrison Family Trust, Kilcoy, sold milk tooth heifers for $1295.JW Bell, Mount Mort, sold Shorthorn bulls for $1710.

Wendy Callinan, Esk, sold Santa heifers for $1150.Danielle Hartmann and Kasey McGrath, New Moonta, soldDroughtmaster heifers for $1450.

Des Poole, Veradilla, sold 18-20 month old Limousin cattle, with steers making $1490 and heifers $1390.Jengar Rural, Mulgowie, sold Santa heifers for $1340.Robert Jeffes, Lockrose, sold Droughtmaster steers, 20 months, for $1760.

Rolly Donohue, Clarendon, sold a line of Brahman cross milk tooth steers for $1480.Pickering Family, Black Duck Creek, sold 12 month old Droughtmaster steers for $1090 and 6 month old steers for $860.Tillack Family, Woodlands, sold Charolais weaners, with steers making $965-$1060.

Peter & Elaine Horrocks, Mt Whitestone, sold quality 6 month old Simmental steers for $840.Brendan Neumann, Coominya, sold 7 month old Droughtmaster steers for $820.Brian O’Sullivan, Laidley, sold 14 month old Charbray heifers for $1000.

Cunningham Pastoral, Aratula, sold a line of 6 month old Charbray heifers for $820.Collins Grazing purchased cows and calves for $1780.

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VFF keeps fighting for rural Victoria

The VFF is celebrating its 37th Annual Conference this weekand it’s sure to be one to remember.
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Our membership is steady and our achievements are strong. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to rest on our laurels.The VFF has fought hard for rural Victoria and we will continue to do so.

This year marks the end of my VFF presidency and I’m immensely proud of everything we’ve achieved. I’d like to share some of our biggest achievements.

Last year, we ran a long and effective campaign to ensure the sale of the Port of Melbourne lease did not lessen competition and escalate pricing.

In the end, we negotiated to ensure 10 per cent of proceeds from the port lease would go to rural infrastructure, including a $200 million Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund, which will be used to build the Wimmera Doppler weather radar and extend the cattle underpass scheme, among other initiatives.

The VFF convinced the state and federal governments to commit $440 million towards upgrading and standardising Victoria’s north-west Murray Basin rail freight lines.

This investment will reduce supply chain costs for growers and the number of trucks travelling on rural roads.

Our achievements in securing commitments for water infrastructure are impressive – more than $150 million in state and federal funding for both infrastructure and feasibility studies.

We successfully lobbied for a moratorium banning onshore gas exploration in Victoria to be upheld until at least 2020, as well as convinced the state government to raise the payroll tax-free threshold from $550,000 to $650,000 over the next four years.

These are all positive outcomes for Victorian agriculture worth celebrating, and indeed we will celebrate at the conference.

Looking to the future, I see enormous challenges for agriculture. Activists remain an ongoing threat, while external factors like climate variability and market failure will put pressure on our industry.

But it’s important to know that we are resilient. We can approach each issue with experience and knowledge.

Also know that the VFF is behind our farmers 100per cent.

The 37th Annual VFF Conference is on today and tomorrow at Rydges,186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

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Wilson re-signs with Spirit

Foundation player Andrea Wilson will return to the Bendigo Bank Spirit forthe 2016-17 Women’sNational Basketball League season.
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Andrea Wilson

The 30-year-old is a key backup player for the Spirit and a fan favourite.

“I was excited to get the call and return for another year,” Wilson said.

“The club is building for the future and I am always proud to help it do that.

“I obviously enjoy contributing on game day, and I really love helping out the younger girlswith advice at training and as part of the team’s preparation.

“Simon (Pritchard), Walshy (Andrea Walsh) and David (Flint) are solely focused on the future of the team and the club, and Iam honoured they have chosen me to help them achieve that.”

Coach Simon Pritchard said Wilson was a key player in the team set-up.

“Spirit fans don’t really get the chance to see the enormous contribution Andrea makes to the squad,” Prichard said.

“Her work at training and off the court makes her an integral part of our setup and she has agreat understanding of what our team needs to do to prepare each week and provides theenvironment for us to meet scouting strategies throughout the season.

“You don’t play as many WNBL seasons as Andrea has without being a great player and agreat person. Andrea certainly is both.

“She is the quintessential team player, and they are welcome in our squad any day of theweek.”

Wilson’s re-signing is one of the final pieces of the Spirit puzzle for the 2016-17 season.

Frontcourt starsKelsey Griffin and Gabe Richards will again be the cornerstones of the Spirit squad.

WNBA guard Blake Dietrick and Canadian forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe are the Spirit’s two new imports.

They’ve also signed former Australian junior representative Nadeen Payne and former University of Hawaii guard Ashleigh Karaitiana.

Kerryn Harrington, Heather Oliver and Ashleigh Spencer are also back for another WNBL season with the Bendigo Spirit.

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