Monthly archive for ‘ May, 2019 ’

Truck blitz bites during harvest

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VFF president David Jochinke says a roadworthy blitz on trucks at harvest has been overzealous.
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A BLITZ on Victoria’s grain truck fleet is resulting in large numbers of trucks being declared unroadworthy for what many growers suggest are minor infractions.

Victorian Police confirmed its Heavy Vehicle Unit had handed out 111 infraction notices during a weeklong blitz in Warracknabeal from 28 November to December 2.

A spokesman said along with the defect notices there were seven unroadworthy certificates issued.

There have also been inspections of trucks in other areas such as Birchip and Murtoa as part of a crackdown on farm safety which have also resulted in sanctions on truck owners.

Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) president David Jochinke said he had received close to 50 calls this week alone on the issue.

“Farmers are concerned, it is their livelihoods here, their busiest time of the year and they are being forced off the road,” Mr Jochinke said.

“There are guys that have had to park the header up for a couple of days while they get their trucks in for what are very minor repairs, it has had a big impact, especially after two years of drought.”

However, the spokesman for the police said on many occasions drivers with minor faults were not issued with a defect notice and were given the opportunity to get certain defects fixed.

Mr Jochinke said he understood safety concerns were paramount, but said stakeholders needed to work better together.

“It’s great to see major issues such as brakes and bald tyres being pulled up, but there needs to be some continuity to it all.”

“We’ve heard nothing of this in the lead-up to harvest and once we are going this starts, it makes more sense to start these discussions in August or September and trucks can be checked then, rather than when growers are at the busiest time of the season.”

Local truck mechanics in the Wimmera say they are booked up with repair jobs, often for issues as small as paint wear or seat repairs.

In some cases the trucks’ factory settings are being declared unroadworthy, such as in one case where the speed limiter was set at 100.01 kilometres per hour.

“The feedback I am getting has been that the work has not been a collaboration to improve road safety but rather it has been fairly heavy handed,” Mr Jochinke said.

“Many of the farmers I have spoken to have said they felt quite intimidated during the checks.”

“We don’t mind the police doing their job and we want safer roads, but we question why they are going about it to the nth degree at this particular time.”

“One of the constant grievances I am hearing from the farmers is that the truck operators are being forced to dot the Is and cross the Ts but drive on roads that are far more likely to lead to an accident due to their substandard condition.”

Mr Jochinke said the matter had been referred to the State Government.

Victoria Police said the Heavy Vehicle Unit was targeting driver fatigue, overloading and roadworthy issues during its operation.

The spokesman said trucks that were not operated all year round often needed repair to meet safety standards.

He also said growers had the option of seeking an extension to address their defect notices.

“A person, who receives a defect notice and requires an extension of time, can do so by contacting the local police to seek such an extension under the heavy vehicle national law.”

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Current champs are on track

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PERENNIAL pairs champions Jeff Madden and Ian Townsend are well on track to add another title to their resumes.
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ON SCHEDULE FOR ANOTHER TITLE: Ian Townsend (left) and Jeff Madden. PHOTO: Don Kipp.

This follows the playing of the quarter finals and semi finals in the Lithgow City Men’s Bowling Club’s 2017 pairs championship over the past week.

The current champions took out their quarter final with a resounding 30-11 victory over Jim Bannerman and newcomer to championship play Mike Wholohan.

After losing the first end Madden and Townsend then put in the play for which they are noted to never be headed.

Their spot in the final was secured with a hard earned victory over a new face to the City Club in Jacob McAndrew and Ritchie Bilby 23-18.

Getting ready to face up to the champions are Al Kenniff and Gil Mendoza, Mendoza filling in as a substitute for Al’s father Don who played in Saturday’s quarter final but was forced to withdraw for Sunday’s play.

In their quarter final the father and son combination accounted for Ian Birk and Bill Anderson before Mendoza was called in to take part in a narrow victory over Mike Johnson and Michael Hughes 19-18.

Johnson and Hughes clawed their way back into the game to be level with one end to play before Kenniff and Mendoza scored a single shot on end 21.

It was a weekend of one shot being either in favour for or against Johnson and Hughes after they had won their quarter final 18-17 with a single shot on the last end after the scores had been locked at 17-all.

A date for when the decider is to be played has not yet been set, however it is sure to be a showstopper when the big day arrives.

Social bowls The hot weather over the weekend took its toll on entry numbers for social bowls as did the number of bowlers contesting the pairs championships.

Coming out on top on Sunday were Graham Pitt and Darryl Wright with a margin of 12+6, only one shot better than that recorded by Jeff Madden and Ian Townsend (12+5).

Saturday’s men’s eventSaturday’s men’s event went to a championship pairs game when the Kenniffs — Al and Don — finished with 14+21 ahead of the 14+17 recorded by runners up Angus MacKinnon and Richard Forbes.

Friday’s mixed eventFriday’s mixed event went to the 13+12 from Cheryl Wotton, Don Kenniff and Andy Heatley.

The runners-up prize on the day went to Col Wotton and Beryl Baker with their score of10+3.

Graham Pitt and Greg Hilliard won last Wednesday’s men’s event with a big 14+22.

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Gulson finishes maiden season

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It was not the perfect end to his debut season, but overall Dylan Gulson was pleased with his eighth placed finishin the Toyota 86 Series.
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Dylan Gulson

A mix of interesting weather and afirst time experience on a street circuit made for a challengingweekend, at the Homebush Street Circuit at Sydney Olympic Park

“It was very different to anything I’ve raced on, with the concrete barriers,” Gulson said.

“It was very hot in the car and I was lucky the races were short.

“We didn’t have the weekend we hoped for and we fell behind after a few practices.”

Gulson said he was in the “wrong place” in the first race, after his car was involved in a crash.

Gulson had qualified 12thand had climbed hisway up to10th, before crashing out.

Race two continued Gulson’s unlucky weekend, after a car pileup on the first lap resulted on a red flag.

Gulson was lucky enough not to be involved in the seven car crash, with the race being declared a non-event.

Race three provided Gulson with an incident-free drive, as he finished 20th.

He managed a race time of 15:22.6015 across eight laps.

His fastest lap in race three was 1:51.6950.

Going into the final event of the season, Gulson was ranked sixth in the overall standings.

Ultimately, Gulson finished eighth after an eventful weekend.

“The result was not the worst, but it could’ve been better,” he said.

“It was a great experience and I was happy to finishin the top ten, in my first full series of national racing.

“I think this year has set us up for a strong performance next year.

“Our goal is to try and battle for a series win next year.”

Gulson was alsoawarded the Kaizen rising star award on the weekend, after a strong debut season.

Kaizen is a Japanese buisness philosophy of continuous improvement and the award also comes with a fully-funded drive from Toyota, in one of the New Zealand Toyota 86 Series next year.

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Honing in on horse biosecurity on small acreages

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KEEP IT CLEAN: Disinfecting horse riding equipment is one biosecurity practice to assist in the prevention of spreading contaminants.
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Horse owners on small acreages are urged to hone in on key biosecurity hazards to ensure their equine friends are kept healthy and safe, and that they don’t pose a risk to other horse owners or animal industries.

That’s the message from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Nigel Brown, who is himself a keen horse enthusiast.

“Keeping informed about common diseases such as tetanus, strangles, ringworm and equine herpes virus, as well asother well-known risks to horse health including worms and toxic weeds like Paterson’s Curse and St John’s wort, will help keep your own horse safe,” he said.

“It will also reduce the possibility of a problem spreading to a neighbouringpaddock or to horses belonging to friends and others further afield at the next campdraft or pony club event.

Nigel also advises horse owners to be aware of their legal requirements regarding Property Identification Codes (PIC) and Travelling Stock Statements.

“Any property holding stock, even if it’s just one horse, a donkey or an alpaca, must have a PIC.Without a PIC, horses and other stock are not legally allowed to take part in shows, exhibitionsor other events. A PIC is also required when a horse is bought, sold or agisted.

“A PIC is a crucial biosecurity tool. If there is a disease outbreak PIC records contain vital details that can help trace horse movements, contain disease spread, and inform warnings and alerts to other horse owners.”

Owners of small acreages can apply for a PIC from any Local Land Services office or online atlls.nsw.gov419论坛/northerntablelands

Horse owners will also need a Transported Stock Statement (TSS) in NSW if they move a horse in a vehicle from its home location to a different property. However a TSS is not required if a horse is being driven to or from ashow, gymkhana or other event, or if it is being transported for veterinary treatment.

The TSS records stock details, ownership, the name of the carrier and the destination, and can be used to help trace stolen stock and to trace disease outbreaks. TSS forms can be purchased for $1 each (individually or in books) from any Local Land Services office.Livestock owners can be fined for failure to produce a TSS if requested by the Stock Squad or authorised officers.

“People who keep horses on a small property may not see themselves as the target of biosecurity messages about animal health and disease control,” Nigel said.

“However poor biosecurity can create serious risks not just for individuals but also for their families and the entire agricultural sector.

“A disease like Hendra virus that can spread from animals to humans, is a prime example of a potentially deadly health risk that can be prevented through appropriate biosecurity measures such as vaccination and good hygiene.”

Diseases, insect pests, worms, and weed seeds can all be spread by horses or through dirt, manure and animal fluids on people and equipment. Clothing, boots, buckets, rugs, bridles and brushes, as well as vehicles, floats and trailers can easily spread contaminants.

Basic hygiene practices such as cleaning gear and washing down vehicles before and after attending an event can help reduce biosecurity risks.

“Responsible horse owners think about the impact their horse management will have on other people’s horses and other animals. However implementing effective biosecurity measures will require knowledge and information so seek advice from your veterinarian,” said Nigel.

‘Horses for Courses’ workshops on Equine Management on Small Acres will be hosted by Southern New England Landcare in Armidale and GWYMAC in Inverell in May, 2017. Register your interest with SNELC on 026772 9123 or GWYMAC on 02 6721 1241.

For more information about equine biosecurity contact your nearest Local Land Services office.

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End of year celebration

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End of year celebration Stella Thurlow and Emily Hebblewhite during the Kindergarten/Year 1 performance.
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Year 4 Class Award: Sienna Marzato

NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge Medal: Penny Charles from CWA presents Ethan Cawthorn with the award

Year 6

Kindergarten/Year1 Class Award:Joan Harwood from VIEW Club presents the award to Thomas Coombe.

Year 4 – Friends

Year 2/3 – “Glowstick Dance”

Year 4 – “Friends”

Kindergarten/Year 1 – Alex Terras and Oliver Laurie performing “A Cowboys Christmas”

Mathematics Award: Norma Fisher and Cheryl Farley from Quota present Issac McClure with the award.

Sportsmanship Award: Norma Fisher and Cheryl Farley from Quota present Georgia Schultz with the award.

Year 2/3 Class Award: Bradley Rayner

Year 2/3 -“Glowstick Dance”

Science Award: Hayley Connell

Pam Dew Memorial Award for English: Alison Wise presents the award to Sarah Redman

Year 6 Class Award: Jack Yarnold

New South Wales Sporting Challenge Medal: Ruby Cliffe

Barrington Public School principal, Alison Wise gives her report.

Dux of Barrington Public School for 2016: Ryan Marzato and Hayley Connell both received the award from Pat Cavanagh, principal of Gloucester High School.

Parents and Citizens Report: Belinda Germon and Kristy Johns

Alison Wise recognises teacher Debbie Faull for going above and beyond in sport.

Acknowledgement of Country: Ken Eveleigh from the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group

Preparing for the Glowstick Dance

New school captains for 2017: Zane Commons and Toreen Denyer

Year 5/6 – “The Principals New Clothes” Hayley Connell as Mrs Wise and Ryan Marzato as the smart student

Year 5/6 – “The Principals New Clothes” Ethan Cawthorn, Issac McClure and Will Bandy as the bad guys

Year 5/6 – “The Principals New Clothes”

Year 5/6 – “The Principals New Clothes” Hayley Connell as Mrs Wise, Georgia Schultz as Mrs Macdonald and Jack Yarnold as Mr Keen.

Year 6 Class Award: Joan Harwood presents the award to Beau Blanch

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Canine owners warned

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Veterinary nurse, Bridget Sell and local vet David Woodward from Young Veterinary Clinic check Ernie over to make sure he isn’t showing any symptoms of Parvovirus.
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A local vet said Young is currently experiencing the worst mini outbreak of Parvovirus he has seen.

Young Veterinary Clinic has reportedan increased incidence of Parvovirus in dogs over the past couple of weeks, meaning pet owners in Young need to be aware of the dangers and cost of not vaccinating dogs and puppies.

Local vet David Woodward said it’s the worst mini outbreak he has seen since he first came to Young in 2004.

“A significant number of animals have already had to be put down due to contracting Parvovirus – many due to a lack of finances to pay for treatment,” Davidsaid.

He said it’s a devastating outcome when a simple course of vaccinations could have prevented the animals from infection.

“If not treated 95 per cent of animals die,” David said.

“If treated properly 80 per cent will survive.

“It’s an easily preventable disease but extremely difficult to treat.”

The highly contagious virus is spread through contact with an infected dog’s feces and bodily fluids.

The virus is able to survive in the soil of back yards, making it easy to pass on from human to animal and from one location to another.

Young Veterinary Clinic stressesthe importance of vaccinating, not only for the animal’s health, but the expense and time it costs the owners.

Costs escalate with treatment with many animals needing prolonged treatment, and even with treatment – there is no cure and can only be treated symptomatically -the animal may not survive.

Though puppies are the most vulnerable to the virus, dogs of all ages are susceptible, making it all the more important to have your pet’s vaccinations up to date or ensure that animals are vaccinated before they enter a new property.

Even if owners think their dog has already been vaccinated it will not hurt the animal to have a booster to ensure immunity to the virus.

The booster isa cheaper alternative to treatment if the dog is infected.

Changes in seasons tend to be when animals become infected and with the unseasonal weather experienced in the Young region during winter David believes the weather has played a part in this current outbreak. The virus has had optimal conditions to thrive he said. Parvovirus will be an issue for animal owners from now until autumn next year.

Parvovirus was first discovered on Australian shores in 1979 and has been endemic in dogs and puppies ever since.

The most prevalent presentation of the virus is in the intestine.

Symptoms of an infected animal include;

VomitingDiarrhea –which can look like tarFeverShakingLethargyWeight lossLack of appetiteAnorexiaAnimals that develop Parvo will start to show symptoms between three to 10 days after they have become infected.

These symptoms can step up to hemorrhaging diarrhea and blood in the vomit. Puppies quite easily become dehydrated and lose protein and glucose, and in some cases may become anemic.

It can be quite distressing for owners to see their pets in this state.

Prevention is the key to stop the spread and recurrence of the virus from infecting other canines in the Young district and when the cost and difficulty of treatment is taken into consideration the price of following a vaccine protocol is small when it comes to making a hard decision.

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‘Seasons of the Street’

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How many customers can be identified? The Faces:Harry and Alison Nicoll
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Harry and Alison Nicoll, shortly after their retirement, February 1991.

The Family:Henry Desmond Nicoll (always ‘Harry’) was born at Nurse Way’s house in Port Macquarie on 7 July, 1920.Just one week earlier, Alison Cranmer Dunwoodie had been born in the same house on 30 June, 1920. These two babies were destined to meet in their 20s, and go on to marry.Harry returned to Beechwood with his mother, where his father and uncle ran a general store, started by their father, Henry Beavan Nicoll, who had emigrated from Dundee, Scotland.Harryhad an idyllic childhood.Sport, swimming in the river, singing around the piano, surrounded by a loving family which included older brother Col, and cousins.The family moved to Port Macquarie in 1928, finding a new home in William Street, which today is a well loved venue for lunch and afternoon tea known as ‘Tea and Treasures’.Harry was a talented cricketer and tennis player, like his father before him.After finishing school, he moved to Sydney in 1937 to work for Hoffnung & Son. He enlisted in the airforce on the declaration of World War Two, and went on to have twotours in New Guinea.

On a quite different path, Alison Dunwoodie grew up in Waverley, Sydney, returning regularly to Kendall in school holidays to visit her grandparents.Unlike her husband to be, Alison had no aptitude for sport whatsoever.Rather, she had a strong creative streak, effortlessly winning literature, art and music prizes and illustrating children’s books later in life.She gained entry to Sydney GirlsHigh School, like her older sister, Margery.Her younger brother, Rod, went to Sydney Boys High.From Sydney High, Alison gained entry to Sydney Teachers’ College.Alison taught in many infants’ schools in Sydney before being posted to Port Macquarie where her parents had, by then, retired.In one of her classes was Harry’s young cousin – and his mother thought that the young teacher would be just perfect for her nephew, Harry.Home on leave from the airforce, Harry started collecting his cousin from school and from the care of Miss Dunwoodie.They married in 1948.After a time working with his father, Douglas Nicoll, Manager of the Hastings Shire Co-op in Wauchope, and his uncle Preston who was the Chairman of the Board of the Butter Factory, Harry decided to buy a Newsagency.With small son Geoff and baby Margery, Harry and Alison moved to Sydney, buying their first Newsagency at Bellevue Hill.Harry and Alison disliked the experience intensely – and after an impassioned plea by Alison to Mr Henderson, Managing Director of Fairfax, Harry was released from his contract.In 1956, they bought the Newsagency in Grenfell, and moved there in June.

Memories of Main Street:Harry and Alison instantly loved Grenfell, the people and the Newsagency.Grenfell offered a wonderful family life, with wool and wheat prices high, and spirits matching.There were weekend tennis parties, with the scent of beautiful gardens and long trips home in the blue FJ Holden under clear, dark skies and silhouettes of overhanging trees.For the children, the shop was an Aladdin’s Cave, and the Main Street always varied, exciting and full of endlessly interesting and encouraging people.The business of the Newsagency responded to the seasons of Grenfell.

At the end of January, the year commenced with ‘School Opening’. In the storeroom, cartonsfull of different size exercise bookswere unpacked. Boxesof stationery suppliesand‘book orders’ for theGrenfell and surrounding small schoolswere delivered.When the new school year commenced, the shop would be full of children and their parents, buying their exercise books and stocking up on new pencil cases, rubbers and sharpeners.Upstairs, Alison frantically cut plastic sheets for the covering of books, rushing downstairs as each small pile was completed.The next milestonesin the yearwereANZAC Day and Easter.Sombre days, inkeepingwith the heavy mood on Main Street, when the shop would close for half days.Things brightened up for Mothers’ Day in May.Cheerful, happier cards and paper would appear, full of pictures of flowers and bright colours.Then came‘Cracker Night’ on 24 May.Glass cases filled with crackers for sale, no restrictions or safety rules in those days.Children would buy what they wanted, curtailed only by their pocket money.There were a huge variety of crackers – double bungers, catherine wheels, sparklers, rockets and ‘throwdowns’.Mixed bags of crackers were done up for sale.The sound of bungers would be heard up and down Main Street for weeks after the bonfires had finished.June was the thrill of the Henry Lawson Festival long weekend.The shop window would be decorated – Alison’s painting of Henry Lawson would be brought out – more books on Henry Lawson’s poems and stories would appear. Friday was the ‘School Play Day’ at Oddfellows’ Hall, with a full day of performances given by the pupils fromGrenfell Schools and the small surrounding schools.Car spaces were impossible to find.On Saturday, the family would always watch the procession fromtheverandah, hanging over to take photosthrough theflags.In September came Fathers’ Day.Out would come the cards and wrap in suitable colours of browns, dark greens and orange.Pipes, slippers, cars, and boats were the main themes.

And finally, Christmas.The season would begin in early December, with Sunday School anniversaries, prize givings and school concerts. Throughout December, Christmas decorations would appear in the shop, new toys would arrive and parents would place their orders.Children were in a social whirl, moving to the ultimate goal – Christmas Day. It was widely agreed amongst the children that the RSL threw the best Christmas party in town.In the old RSL rooms (where the library is today), the children would experience the novelty of cartoons on a big screen, outside the picture theatre. Mr Rudder would play ‘Jingle Bells’, the signal for Santa Claus to appear from the back with a sack that caused fast beating and hopeful hearts.Then it was down to the backyard, where another novelty awaited – icecreams in buckets.The pace in the Newsagency picked up as the countdown to Christmas Day began.From a pleasant, relaxed start, a frenetic atmosphere developed.Harry would regularly driveto Sydney to collect orders that hadn’t arrived, or stock up on Christmas wrapping paper.There was the worry of each train load and whether that bike had been delivered this time.The arrival of the Christmas trees, fastened toverandahposts,signalledthat the big day was almost there. On Christmas Eve the shop wasbuzzing with anticipation and good cheer, ‘Merry Christmas’ greetings being called from all directions.Main Street was alive with the rush of last minute shopping, people in and out, forgetting items and returning, back and forth.Fever pitch was reached with the Main Street Christmas party.Christmas carols would be played by the Grenfell Band and Santawould arrive, always in hot and dry weather in the early night fall.The cafes would be brimming with families – and the laughter would float in and out of the hotels.It was an extremely happy and joyful time forGrenfell on Main Street.Christmas Day wasthe one day of the year the Newsagency closed.But always there would be early morning phone calls or knocks on the door of the house upstairs, with parents desperate to find some forgotten batteries for new toys.New Year’s Eveprovided thefinal spark to the year before the cycle would beginover again.

Community Involvement:Harry and Alison worked relentlessly long hours, seven days a week.Harry kept up his tennis and squash as long as he could – and quietly sponsored many town activities.Many young Grenfellians had their first job working for Harry in the Newsagency. Alison used her music training to play the organ for the services at the Presbyterian Church, and joined the Women’s Guild.Alison also helped with the Grenfell Swimming Club, for many years with Laurel Walters, wrestling with the swimming and handicap times of the children each Friday night. Alison was also closely involved with school activities.

Where Are They Now?:After 34 years in the Newsagency, Harry and Alison Nicoll sold the business to Marilyn Wyse in late 1990. They fully intended retiring in Grenfell – but unforeseen delays surrounding the purchase of a house made them decide to move to Canberra.In 1991, they bought a house in Campbell and made a home there.Following the sale of their legal practice GA Nicoll and MA Nicoll in Tweed Heads in 1989,Dr Geoff Nicollcontinues his work asan academic lawyer at the University of Canberra. Margeryworks atthe Law Council of Australia, where she is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director, International. In 2015, as a result of her international work, she became the Chair of the Bar Issues Commission of the International Bar Association based in London and will complete her term shortly. She will remain as one ofonlytwo Australian lawyers on the IBA’s Management Board for a further four years.In 2009, Geoff and Margery bought a housein Grenfell, and the family has since moved between Canberra and Grenfell with the eventual goal of settling in Grenfell.Alison passed away in June 2014 – but Harry remains well, enjoying each visit to Grenfell.

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