UPDATE: Freemantle Road bushfire declared an emergency

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UPDATE: Freemantle Road bushfire declared an emergency BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: Heavy smoke plumes from a 300 hectare fire off Freemantle Road at Gowan with the NSW Rural Fire Service working the edge. Photo: NICK MOIR
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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: Heavy smoke plumes from a 300 hectare fire off Freemantle Road at Gowan with the NSW Rural Fire Service working the edge. Photo: NICK MOIR

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: Heavy smoke plumes from a 300 hectare fire off Freemantle Road at Gowan with the NSW Rural Fire Service working the edge. Photo: NICK MOIR

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: lLizard among the long dry cured grass in the dangerous fire conditions north-west of Bathurst. Photo: NICK MOIR

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: A very large air tanker on its way to consolidate containment lines at Gowan fire, Bathurst ahead of today’s hot windy weather. Photo: NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE

FIRE FIGHT: NSW Rural Fire Service crews from Eglinton brigade are among those fighting an out-of-control bush fire off the Freemantle Road at Gowan on Tuesday. Photo: NICK MOIR 011717fire2

FIRE FIGHT: NSW Rural Fire Service crews from Eglinton brigade are among those fighting an out-of-control bush fire off the Freemantle Road at Gowan on Tuesday. Photo: NICK MOIR 011717fire1

FIRE FIGHT: NSW Rural Fire Service crews fighting an out-of-control bush fire off the Freemantle Road at Gowan on Tuesday. Photo: NICK MOIR 011717fire1

NSW Rural Fire Service ratings for Wednesday, January 18.

The fire is located approximately 31 kilometres north-west of Bathurst.

Latest advice on the Freemantle Road, Gowan fire.

HELPING OUT: Members of the Raglan Rural Fire Brigade have been helping to fill water bombing aircraft for the bushfire burning off Freemantle Road at Gowan. Photo: RAGLAN RURAL FIRE BRIGADE

TweetFacebookRural Fires Act 1997 in order to declare the emergency.

The blaze has increased in size and now covers 300 hectares and the RFS has issued a major fire update.

“A fire is burning in grassland and forested areas to the east of Freemantle Road, Gowan,” the update states.

“Current conditions are pushing the fire in an easterly and south easterly direction towards the Macquarie River.

“More than 80 firefighters on the ground are working in challenging conditions to contain the fire supported by fivewater bombing aircraft including the large and very large air tankers.

“At this stage no properties are under immediate threat.”

An RFS spokesman said the Commissioner’s declaration of a Section 44 allows more resources from outside the local district to be deployed.

“There is one isolated property close to the fire, but there is currently no threat,” he said.

People are requested to avoid travelling to the area so they do not impede firefighting operations.

Residents should monitor conditions in the area.

“The fire is producing large amounts of smoke,” the RFS update said.

“For people with health issues they should take appropriate precautions such as staying indoors and closing all windows and doors.”

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Ballarat breakfast reportWednesday, January 18, 2017

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PIC OF THE DAY: @chip_shots “Sovereign Hill Lookout. @canonaustralia @benroauatralia”Good morning Ballarat and happy Wednesday. We’ve got all the news headlines you need right here.
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Rainbow organisers call for change after weekend drug deathsRainbow Serpent Music and Arts Festival organisers are calling for a fresh approach to recreational drugs laws after a horror weekend in Melbourne resulted in three deaths. Read more.

Historic restoration for Baptist iconThe White House. Power Station. Dawson’s.

If you are over 40 you may – or may not – remember going to these restaurants and nightclubs, depending on how you behaved. Read more.

Poorer health in smokers of chop chopPeople who smoke chop chop – or unbranded loose tobacco – report significantly worse health than legal smokers, according to the Cancer Council Victoria. Read more.

Mitch Brown’s embarrassing start to footy outside AFLWhen you’ve been in the AFL system for 10 years, you might expect somebody at your new footy club to have some idea who you are. Read more.

Action-packed rodeo sets Kingston alight | PhotosCheck out these amazing photos by Dylan Burns from the Kinston Rodeo held on Saturday. See them here.

WeatherThe cool change has come and we are expected to hit just 23 degrees today – 14 degrees cooler than yesterday’s top of 37.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

Regional news►WANGARATTA, VIC:Thedeath of a Wangaratta woman killed while walking across a pedestrian crossing will leave a hole in many lives, say those closest to her. Married mother-of-three Roberta Brown, 53, was hit by a truck while walking her dog..read on.

The death of Roberta “Bobbie” Brown will leave a gap in many people’s lives, according to those closest to her. Mrs Brown died after being run over in Wangaratta.

►GREAT LAKES, NSW:Shucks, it’s an oysterharvest high on the Mid North Coast. With the Pacific Oysterindustry in Tasmania hard hit bydisease, it has createdan opportunity forMid North Coast’s Sydney Rock Oysters to gain astronger foothold in the market…full story.

► QUEANBEYAN, NSW: It’s the stuff of dreams – being paid by a global sportswearbrand to travel the world anddo what you love, day in and day out. And pro skater Jack Fardellis living it…read about his journey here.

Queanbeyan skateboader Jack Fardell will be going pro in the United States. Photo Elesa Kurtz

►TASMANIA: Police areweighing up an historic apology to child-sex abuse victims in institutionalised care whose cries for help were initially not believed by officers…read on.

National news► Australia’s most dangerous venomous creature is not a snake or a spider, nor even a jellyfish. It’s the bee and other stinging insects that pose the biggest public health threat, according to an analysis of more than a decade of Australian bites and stings.

Spiders such as the Sydney funnel web spider have caused no deaths in the survey period. Photo: Ben Rushton

►More than half of Australia’s young adults have done unpaid work as part of an internship or a job trial, raising questions about the need for greater regulation of unpaid work to prevent exploitation, a landmark national study has found…full story here.

Frances Johns worked an 8½ hour shift in the hope of getting a permanent job. Photo: Janie Barrett

► A man has been charged following a fatal crash at Hallidays Point near Taree on Tuesday. At about5.45pm, a 60-year-old man was riding a BMW motorcycle east along Blackhead Road and collided with a four wheel drive…read more.

National weather radarInternational news► BALI:A hotel security guard has claimed he witnessed Byron Bay murder suspect Sara Connor with her hand around the neck of a Balinese police officer who was later found dead on Kuta beach…full story here.

Pullman Hotel security guard Suryana (in blue shirt) plays Sara Connor in a reenactment at Denpasar District Court on Tuesday. Photo: Amilia Rosa.

►PHILIPPINES: Donald Trump’s conflict of interest risk is on glittering display in the Philippines atManila’s newest sky-scraper which soars 57 storeys above the sprawling city’s financial district of Makati…full story here.

US President-elect Donald Trump: some analysts worry the Trump-Duterte relationship could be a disaster. Photo: Anthony Behar.

►LONDON: In a historic, detailed speech, Mrs May dashed the hopes of Remainers and delighted Brexiteers by setting out a vision of an independent UK – a “trading nation” that will look beyond Europe to “new friends and old allies”.

Australia’s high commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer said it was a “historic speech”.

Faces of Australia:Jill Brookes Dardanup Heritage Park owner Jill Brookes shows off the Brookes Transport exhibits in one of the display sheds.

It’s a classic labour of love for Jill Brookes, her dozen staff and her merry band of nearly 50 volunteers.

Jill is the owner and manager of Dardanup Heritage Park, built on 121ha (300ac) property south east of Bunbury and boasting 20 sheds.

‘The Park’boasts the largest collection of heritage items in the Southern Hemisphere, along with some of the best “re-builders” and “restorers” – usually retired cockies enjoying life in what, for them, is the best Men’s Shed going.

Read the full story here.

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Praise heaped on ‘heroes’

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Selfless individuals have been praised for saving lives and property in Harden last week.
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When a power pole snapped in Harden on Friday it sparked what could have been the deadliest fire across the Riverina this summer.

Rural Fire Service operations officerDavid Nicholson saidpeople, buildings and possessions would have beenlost if not for the work of more than 100 volunteers on what was the hottest day this summer.

“It certainly would have been a worse outcome,” Mr Nicholson said.

“It’s because of thededication on days like we had on Friday that it wasn’t.”

The resulting arc from the fallen line triggered a fast-running blaze that swept through the grass in the town’s north-west,aided by50-kilometer-per-hour winds on what was the hottest day this summer.

Minutes after the first fire was alight,two more grass fires ignited as a result of a roll-on weakness in the power lines.

“They were quite close together too,”Mr Nicholson said.

“The heat, the wind and the location also made it hard to get to.”

But within hours, volunteers had cut down fences andjumped on the fires to bring them under control.

Mr Nicholson said 25 to 30 trucks had responded to the blaze, including the assistance from neighbouring brigades.

“It’s our motto andour policyto send as much as we can as fast as we can,” he said.

“If it wasn’t for the quick response of our firefighterswe could have lost houses and people.”

Without a decent downpour, Mr Nicholson said this could be the start of a “hairy season”.

“With no sign of rain these kinds of events could become more frequent until March or April,” he said.

“It’s important to make sure your house is properly prepared, your grass is short and green and your gutters are free of bark and dried gum leaves.”

Back Demondrille road resident Martin Lang said it was thanks to fellow firefighters and neighbours everything wasn’t lost.

“I had one neighbour stomping grass out with his boots until the fire brigade arrived and another neighbour using his ownwater cart to keep it from the sheds,” Mr Langsaid.

“It was lucky firefighters were there quick enough–it could have been a lot worse.”

When Mr Lang arrived to his family home after 1pm, he jumped on a hose to help beat the embers threatening his land.

He said it was like fighting any other fire where “you do anything you can to put it out”.

“You never think it’s going to be your place when you get the message,” he said.

“I’m grateful to the guys for being there.”

Mr Lang said he wanted to thank the unexpected kindness of one neighbour who brought a bale of hay for his sheep.

“I didn’t get her name to thank her,” he said. “It was a really nice thing to do.”

Essential Energy southern regional managerSteven Ilitch said it was investigating the cause of a fault that occurred on the electricity network in the Harden area on Friday,resultingin a blackout that isolated359 customers.

When crews responded to a fallen power-line at Jack Ward Drive they came under the direction of the Rural Fire Service who were working to extinguish a grass fire.

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53pc barely a pass rate on uni dropouts

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Only half of students who enrolled at Charles Sturt University in 2009 completed their degree by 2014, new figures show.
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A report from the Education Department revealed CSU ranks among the worst in NSW for student retention rates, with a paltry 53 per cent of students graduating within six years of enrolling.

But vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann put this down to itslarge number of online students, regional campus locations and because it encouragedthose from a diverse range of social backgrounds to apply.

“It is important to note that in 2015, CSU had the highest number of Indigenous student completions in Australia and the second highest Indigenous student enrollments,”he said.

Professor Vann said online students could take up to eight years to complete a degree as many were adults with family and work commitments.

On-campus students had a completion rate nearing 70 per cent, Professor Vann said.

La Trobe University fared slightly better, with 69 per cent of all students graduating within six years.

Its Albury-Wodonga head of campus DrGuinever Threlkeldsaid she was pleased with this rate as it was higher than the national average.

“At this campus we’ve got a high proportion of students who are the firstin their family to go to uni, and regional unis have a higher proportion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds,” she said.

“There’s some evidence more students are studying part-time, and that places some challenges for course completion within those time frames.”

In response to the alarming figures,Federal Education MinisterSimon Birmingham called onBorder students to carefully consider their courses prior to enrolling.

“To the thousands of students checking emails, text messages, newspapers and mail boxes this week to learn what your future study options might be, I urge you to take your time to understand those options,” he said.

“We’ve heard too many stories about students who have changed courses.”

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Work continues to save rare purple butterfly

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT
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The endangered Purple Copper Butterfly is only found in parts of the Central Tablelands.

December and January is the time of the year for Purple Copper Butterfly larvae to start their development – and keen observers are on-hand to see the event take place.

The Purple Copper Butterfly is a threatened species and only known to exist under specific conditions in the Bathurst, Lithgow and Mount David area of Central West NSW.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services staff and volunteers spent time recently with local environmental consultant Ray Mjadwesch to monitor larvae numbers at Yetholme and Mount David.

This is the second year the Central Tablelands Local Land Services has funded Mr Mjadwesch to carry out larvae monitoring and the results help to build a better picture of the potential numbers of Purple Copper Butterfly at known sites within the region.

Ms Gerarda Mader and Ms Christine Bailey are members of Napoleon Reefs Landcare Group which is in close proximity to Purple Copper Butterfly habitat. “It is such a joy to see these rare creatures and learn more about them”, said Ms. Mader, who took part in the larvae survey for the second time.

Ms. Bailey added:“I tell anyone who’ll listen about the amazing life cycle of the Purple Copper Butterfly and its incredibly limited range and rarity.”

The Purple Copper Butterfly is the local exemplar for all threatened species, be they fauna or flora, and as such highlights the urgent need to monitor numbers and to conserve habitat”.

Results are positive, with some sites indicating an increase in larvae numbers from last year.

The Purple Copper Butterfly lives only on a type of shrub called Native Blackthorn.Eggs are laid on or near the shrub and once they are ready to graze the plant, this nocturnal animal can be found crawling along the stems from 10pm until about 5am. They will be attended by a species of native ant that protects the larvae from attack while it grazes the Native Blackthorn.

“We are so fortunate to see this part of the butterfly’s life cycle and to witness the relationship it has with the native ant”, said Colleen Farrow, Senior Land Services Officer with Central Tablelands Local Land Services. “To have local interest and the help from these volunteers is an added bonus.”

Funding from Catchment Action NSW will allow staff from Central Tablelands Local Land Services to continue to work with private and public landholders to carry out on-ground works such as the planting of Native Blackthorn and weed control to increase the butterfly’s habitat.

For further information about the Purple Copper Butterfly projectcontact Colleen Farrow on6363 7874.

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VIDEO| Locals help make Bare a smash

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Gymea’s Natalie Abbott plays Nadia. Picture: SuppliedAfter a triumphant first season playing sold out shows to rave reviews, Bare The Musical has been extended for 10 more shows at the New Theatre in Newtown.
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The second season runs from January 19 to 28, with plenty of St George and Sutherland Shire locals returning to make up the cast.

Beverly Hills resident Teale Howie (centre) in action. Picture: Supplied

Director and choreographer Hannah Barn, Jacob Barn and Stephanie McKennafrom Arncliffe,Timothy Langan ofBonnet Bay, Kirrawee’s Julie Ryanand Beverly Hills residents Matt Laird and Teale Howie all return to the production after its initial run at The Depot Theatre in Marrickville.

Another local, Natalie Abbot from Gymea, has earned rave reviews for her performance as Nadia.

The cast of Bare – The Musical. Picture: Supplied

Thepulsating, contemporary LGBT pop-rock musical follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity and the future.

The showtakes audiences on an emotional musical journey. Peter and Jason have fallen in lovebut they struggle with the fears of revealing their true selves to such an unforgiving world. Peter wants to acknowledge their love openly, while Jason does not.

BARE – The Musical “Are you there?”With a unique sung-through pop score by Damon Intrabartolo and heart-pounding lyrics by Jon Hartmere Jr.along witha cast of bright young characters, Barerings with the sounds of youthful repression and revolt. The showis a provocative, fresh andhonest look at the dangers of baring your soul and the consequences of continuing to hide.

Tickets are $42 and $49.

Dates: January 19, 7.30pm

January 20, 7.30pm

January 21, 2pm and 7.30pm

January 22, 7pm

January 25, 7.30pm

January 26, 7.30pm

January 27, 7.30pm

January 28, 2pm and 7.30pm

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Katelin sows seeds of success for women

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RELATED CONTENT: Eurobodalla Show celebrates 140 years
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SHOWGIRL POWER: Eurobodalla Showgirl finalists Jess Afflick, Katelin Donovan and Jessica Cody at Moruya Showground on Saturday night.

Girl power was the theme of the night when the Eurobodalla District Showgirlwas crowned in Moruya on Saturday.

Bodalla’s KatelinDonovan took out the coveted sash for 2017 on January 14 after impressing the judges with her passion for the agricultural industry.

The 20-year-old entered the competition for the first time after a bit of proddingfrom Shelli Reid of the EurobodallaShow Society.

“Shelli asked me to enter and give it a go. With my agriculturalbackground, she thought I’d be good for it,” Miss Donovan said.

“I’ve lived on a 10-acre farm with my parents for 20 years and have always been involved with animals.

“I’ve also done a fair bit of showing with Narooma High School with beef and dairy cattle.”

Miss Donovan hoped to use her role to encourage more young women in the Eurobodalla to become involved with the rural sector.

“I want to be a voice for women in a male-dominated area and create a path for other people to follow, even if they don’t feel completely confident in it or come from an agricultural background,” she said.

“(Being the 2017 Showgirl) would be a really good stepping stone to go further into the agricultural field.

“I hope to grow and develop as a person and see where it takes me.”

Katelin Donovan, 2017 Eurobodalla ShowgirlBay Post/Moruya Examiner before the announcement on Saturday night.

She said the role was designed to develop the winner’s confidence, community engagement and public speaking skills.

“When we’re looking for a winner, we’re looking for someone who is passionate and going to benefit from the opportunity,” Mrs Enright said.

The former Grenfell resident hoped to see the overall contest and applicationrate expand over the coming years.

“There is much more to this opportunity than just a sash and your name in the paper – it’s something you can put on your resume to say you’ve represented your community,” she said.

Finalists Jess Afflick, 19, of Woodlands,and Jessica Cody, 22, of Moruya, also contested the top prize.

“There’s a lot of strength behind the women in the agriculturalindustry, they just don’t get enough of the credit,” Miss Cody said.

The three finalists were judged on their knowledge of the Eurobodalla Shire and experience of rural affairs, particularly the issues faced by women in regional areas.

Contestants were also judged on their ambitionsand ambassadorial qualities.

Miss Donovan will represent the shire at the zone finals on February 18.

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The gospel of Unfit for Human Consumption

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JESUS PEOPLE: Unfit for Human Consumption and their progeny. They will bring their “spiritual experience” to the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel.NEWCASTLE’s unholy preachers of gospel-inspired rock’n’roll Unfit for Human Consumption will bring their spiritual experience to the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel in February.
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Band front man and lyricist the Reverend David Heaney said the band was much inspired by Jesus Christ.

“It’s sleazy, God-sent rock’n’roll,” Heaney said.

In fact, part of the band’s gospel is the revelation that Jesus and Elvis Presley are in fact the same person.

“Think about it, they have never been spotted in the same place together,” Heaney said.

Another important element of the band’s appeal to audiences, according to Heaney,was its“sexiness”.

“For most audiences we are too sexy,” he said.“Some people get scared by our sexy.

“We are the sexiest bandcertainly in Newcastle, but probablyin the known universe.”

Guitarist Reuben Ramsey said the band was best described as an AC/DC tribute band, despite not playing a single Aka Daka track.

In particular the songs Big Balls and Long Way to the Top provided the band with much of its musical inspiration, Ramsey said.

“We don’t actually play any AC/DC but we owe them a lot,” Ramsey said.

The band formed in about 2004and has been delivery itsdivinely inspired message to audiences across the city ever since.

“We have played consistently-inconsistently the whole time, “ Ramsey said.

The band considers The Hamilton Station Hotel its home venue –although they have never actually played there.

Unfit for Human Consumptionplay about a dozen shows a year.

“Sometimes we go powerfully mad and play a show and then play, like, another show the next night,” Heaney said.

“It just leads to burnout. After back to back shows I need three months in Asia.”

The band has undergone many line-up changes over its 10 year history. Heaney claims all line-upchanges were divinely inspired.

“We change line-ups when Jesus tells us to,” Heaney said.

The band is purely a live experience and when asked whether they intended to ever record Heaney said this:“No comment.”

Unfit for Human Consumption featuresthree lead guitarists: Reuben Ramsey, Jess Moxey andDapp’r.

On violin is Jenna Blayden andLouisa Magrics plays drums.There are two bass players, both lead and rhythm bass, Cameron Groth and Laidlaw Puha, respectively.

Next gig: February 10 at The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Wickham.

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Drama dream come true

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STARLET: “I want to become an actress when I get older. I want to act for as long as I can,” Maiah said. She plays the leading role in Ruby Productions Goldilocks.
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For Maiah Duffy Brown, landing the lead role in Ruby Productions Goldilocks was a dream come true.

Two days before the 10-year-old was told she would play the lead role as Goldilocks, she had a dream she got the part.

“When I woke up, at first, I thought it was real and I really did get the role. But then I realised it was all a dream and felt a little upset,” the Bella Vista resident explained.

“A few days later I was told I got the part and I was so excited!”

Maiah’s mother, Emma Duffy said she couldn’t have been prouder of her daughter.

“She absolutely loves acting and all her teachers tell me they think we will all see Maiah on the big screen one day,” Ms Duffy said.

“Even though she’s only been taking drama lessons for the last two years, her passion for acting shines bright. By taking part in Goldilocksand playing the main character, she has taken her acting to the next level.”

Unlike the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Ruby Productions version tells the tale of a grown up Goldilocks who has got herself intonewmischief.

Filled with all kinds of creatures like witches, wolves and weasels, characters bring afairy tale land to life as theyjourney through it withGoldilocks.

Maiah’s father, Alex Brownis arguably one of her biggest fans. He plays the role of Wicked Witch Bette in the production.

“I thought if I was driving my daughter to and from rehearsals and supporting her personal interest,I might as well audition and be a part of the show too,” Mr Brown enthused.

“I didn’t expect to land the part because I’m not an actor. The last time I was on stage was in a high school play.”

Maiah, theHelen O’Grady Drama Academy student said having her father on stage with her is “a very fun experience”.

“Even if my dad wasn’t on stage with me, I would still have the confidence to act. But having him there with me gives me lots of encouragement to do my best,” she said.

Mr Brown said he has enjoyed extra bonding time with his daughter andbeing apart of “such an amazing cast”.

“The cast ranges from all ages between sevenup to early 40s,” he said.

“We’re all very supportive of one another and are like a drama family,” Maiah added.

“I thank my family, my drama teachers and my school teachers –especiallyMissGraham –for always supporting me and helping me do my best.”

Wicked Witch Bette: “Maiah and I often rehearse our lines together at home or even in the car. We bounce off one another,” Mr Brown said.

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Stolen cows return home

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COUNTING CATTLE: Rural Crimes Investigator Tim Connolly with the recovered stock last week during a successful campaign. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.A successful rural crimes investigation led to the recovery of 11 stolen cows last week, reminding farmers to report crime and make sure their ear tags and marking areup-to-date.
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A 51 year-old Nyngan man was charged over alleged stock theft onJanuary 10.

The Darling Rural Crimes Investigators were working off information they received last year. On Tuesday they executed a crime scene warrant on acreage at a property in the Nyngan area and over the following two days police inspected hundreds of cattle and identified 11 that were allegedly stolen from a Tullemore Road farm.

Police will allege the cattle had their identification removed, but further ear markings connected them to their original owner.

The investigations are ongoing and the man has been served with a Future Court attendance Notice, he is expected to appear before Nyngan Local Court in the coming months.

Local rural crimes investigator Tim Connolly said there was conservatively between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of cattle recovered.

“The owner was very happy with what happened. There were seven adult cows which were conservatively $1500 each and there were four calves, there’s easy $10,000 to $15,000 there,” he said.

Detective Senior Constable Connolly said this is a timely reminder for farmers to be vigilant when it comes to marking stock and reporting rural and/or agricultural crime.

“Stock records should be up-to-date and if anything happens contact the nearest police,” he said.

“There is a lack of reporting when something happens, we’re hoping this will encourage people to be more vigilant.”

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Keen weaner producers warned: Don’t lose focus

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Beef consultant Bill Hoffman, with yarded F1 steers on his leased country at Backmede, via Casino. Taking shortcuts with weaners now won’t build a future reputation.WITH market prices bouyant again as we enter the new year there are murmurs among some breedersthat effort exerted on yard weaning is wasted come sale day.
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On the North Coast in particular,where yard weaning ahead of the autumn sales often takes place during wet and humid weather, there is strong evidence to suggest calves lose their beautiful bloom when they come off mothers’ milk and go backwards after time spent in muddy yards. Come sale day buyers then punish, rather than reward, those who follow this so-called ‘best practice’.

Beef Consultant Bill Hoffman, whose clients cover country from the coast to the north-west slopes, disagrees with that notion and says yard weaning remains a key step on the path to creating a reputation for quality.

“Yard weaning is a lifetime investment,” he says. “I say to people who are genuine long-term weaner producers the practice is a good investment. It might not pay a premium every year but in doing so producers are supplying a product that comes with a reputation that it will go ahead –not backwards – when it at the purchaser’s property. The industry respects good practice.”

Mr Hoffman, who trades in steers infused witha modest Brahman content (his favourite being first cross with Hereford) yard weans for ‘easier managementand production benefitsfurther down the chain’.

“My cattle are well handled,” he says. “They are co-mingled with calves from other properties. When they arrive at the feedlot they will do well from day one. They won’t get sick, they won’t succumb to Bovine Respiratory Disease or associated illnesses and I have the benefit of a reputation that attracts repeat buyers.”

Looking further ahead Mr Hoffman saysmarket forecasters predictprices are certain to retract as processors and feedlotters become increasingly desperate for sustainability; requiring positive margins to do so.

“Prices like these, above $4 per kilogram liveweight for light restocker cattle, simply can’t go on forever.Something, somewhere, has got to give,” he says.“Producers need to plan to manage their business with lowerpricesin the near future.”

Of course many producers on the North Coast, Eastern Fall and New England Tablelands were right now concerned with the impact of a very dry spring and early summer on calf growth.

“Many producers in northern NSW have clear memories of heat wave conditions last February,” he says, “and the resulting terrible season which continued through summer and autumn.”

Kilos of beef the key driverThefailed summer in 2016 for much of northern NSW can be blamed for a 10 per centrise in the average cost of production recorded by Hoffman Beef clientslast financial year.That was largely due to adrop in average beef kilos producedaccording to northern beef consultant Bill Hoffman.

Extrapolating the figures gleaned from his own clients he said producers were extended a hand by buoyantmarketprices which delivered positive gross margins.Withoutthose high prices producerswould have had to absorb those lost kilos and higher cost of production consequences.

“This highlights the need to stay focused on maximising the productivity of the business,” he said.“Kilograms of beef produced is the key profit driver over the longer term.”

For instance Mr Hoffman uses growth hormones in his Brahman cross steers.“I buy them as weaners, all local cattle,” he said,“and grow out to feeder steers in the420-520kg grid but increasingly sell in the lighter end of that.”

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Uncertainty clouds ditch flood issue

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FLOOD: Eflem Sartor at the ditch by his property failing to remove water from the Rankins Springs Road.
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Uncertainty surrounds responsibility for a destructive drainage ditch off the Rankins Springs Road and landowner Eflem Sartor is fed up.

Hidden on his right and filled to capacity with thick grass and weeds, theditch issupposed to remove water from the Rankins Springs Road.

But instead it brings a flood of water right into Mr Sartor’s machinery shed and further onto his property.

“Every time it rains again I think ‘here we go again’,” Mr Sartorsaid on Tuesday.

“The grass is too thick for anything to go through and so it all ends up in my shed.

“I’ve had to pull the machinery out because it keeps sinking into the mud.”

In January of last year it abruptly became too much for Mr Sartor and he made a formal complaint to Griffith City Council who he says are responsible for the maintenance of the drain.

In the meantime he built a bank to protect his land, but it proved no match against the water and so again in September he asked council to do something.

While council’s initial response suggested it had been too wet to address the issue, a deeper inspection they say has revealed further uncertainty as to who has responsibility for the drain.

“From a council point of view ownership of this drain is not clear,” council’s director of utilities Graham Gordon said.

“There is no easement over this drain and there is no jurisdiction for council to go in there.

“We have looked at the issue and we have sent staff out but it is just not clear.”

While Mr Gordon, along withdirector of infrastructure and operations Phil King andManjit Chugha, all believed the drain was in a grey area they said they would now do all they could to help look for a solution.

“We’re not going to ignore it,” Mr King said.

Council have contacted Murrumbidgee Irrigation and are working together to resolve the issue of who has responsibility.

Irrespective of who has responsibility, Mr Sartor said the ditchwill be a big job to fix.

“Spraying it now won’t work,” he said.

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Heavy lambs are in demand

20/08/2019 Posted by admin

TO MARKET: Tanya and Gavin Lieschke with their extended family and Paull & Scollard Albury agent Tim Robinson. They sold 46 shorn lambs for $173.60 at Corowa, where numbers increased and quality was good. Demand for lamb is tracking strongly, with sales of extra heavy lambs a highlight.
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Export processors have driven competition over several weight categories in the chase for numbers, which caused a significant step up in rates. Some amazing results were recorded as prices for heavy lambs were pushed over the $200 barrier.

Sheep markets have also begun the year on a solid note, although the industry is still waiting for more signals about supply. A shortage of good quality mutton in NSW has played a key role in the stronger price performance,reflected in sales above 430¢/kg cwt for heavy ewes and Merino wethers.

Prices at Wagga lastThursday followed rising trends, with all categories achieving strong results. A large contingent of buyers pushed prices for trade and heavy lambs above 600¢/kg cwt, according to the National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS). The tops of the export lambs had more weight than anticipated and shorn lambs made out to $208 to average 565-602¢/kg cwt. The improved quality of the trade lambs meant prices were $17 dearer. Trade weights received from $118-$158 averaging 610-628¢/kg cwt. Processors paid up to $120 for light weight lambs.

Lamb quality and numbers are beginning to tail off at Bendigo. Numbers fell to 6361 lambs on Monday, and the yarding reflected the dry conditions. Most of the better finished recently shorn trade lambs were quoted $10-$20 dearer, with processors determined to fill orders. Medium and heavy trade lambs sold at $136-$163 averaging 620¢/kg cwt.

Lighter trade lambs sold mostly from $115-$134 to average 650¢/kg. Demand was strong, with lambs above 26kg cwt returning $160-$185 to average 568-622¢/kg cwt. Lambs returning to the paddock fetched $90-$124.Light weight lambs purchased by processors sold at $104-$117.

At Dubbo, in a much bigger yarding of just over 21,000, the hot weather did little to deter buyers. Trade lambs benefited from strong supermarket competition gaining up to $10 to average 602¢/kg. Heavy lambs bounced $14, with the greater price lift received for lambs 30kg plus.The top pens reached $204 to average 579¢/kg cwt

On Tuesday, Ballarat felt the effect of ongoing tight supplies, with lambs the hot ticket. Competition for heavy lambs was fierce between exporters and prices surged ahead $8-$15. The feature of the sale was extra heavy lambs – the $214 top price was paid for lambs estimated to weigh over 30kg cwt.

The bulk of heavy lambs averaged 615-623¢/kg cwt. Trade lambs made $125-$156, lifting $12-$15. Rates jumped $9-$11 for well-bred lambs with frame. Lambs returning to paddock topped at $128 to average $112.

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