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Qld sugar’s global sustainability recognised

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CANEGROWERS chief executive officer Dan Galligan, Bonsucro chief executive officer Simon Usher, and CANEGROWERS environment and sustainability manager Matt Kealley at Bonsucro Week 2016 in London recently.QUEENSLAND sugar producers are satisfying thestringent sustainability requirements of the world’s biggest sugar-buying companies to secure their futures in the world sugar market.
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CANEGROWERS chief executive officer Dan Galligan saidin a major development for the Australian industry, the locally-developed and industry-supported Smartcane BMP program hadbeen recognised by Bonsucro as having full alignment to its criteria.

“Bonsucro is the preferred international certification for some of our key end-user sugar customers who have pledged to source sustainable sugar for their products by 2020,” Mr Galligan said.

“Every Queensland grower with a Smartcane BMP accreditation certificate should see this collaboration between CANEGROWERS and Bonsucro as a ticket to long-term access to the global sugar market.”

Some 65 per centof the Queensland sugarcane production area is involved in the Smartcane BMP program. 160 farm businesses have achieved accreditation in its three core modules covering drainage and irrigation, soil health, nutrients and weed and pest management.

“Smartcane BMP demonstrates the sustainability of sugarcane production in local Queensland conditions, recognising and documenting grower efforts to minimise any impact their farms could have on the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon,” Mr Galligan said.

“It has the endorsement of the Queensland and Australian governments.

“Smartcane BMP is also, importantly, a practice improvement program with a clear focus on lifting the productivity and profitability of our farms to deliver solid business outcomes.”

As a global platform, Bonsucro has criteria designed to establish market access across a wide range of production systems.

“Aligning Smartcane BMP with Bonsucro is a big and important stamp of approval for our industry and for every single grower within the Smartcane BMP program,” Mr Galligan said. “It is another reason for Queensland growers to register, benchmark their farm practices and move to accreditation.”

Queensland growers who have their Smartcane BMP accreditation will be able to access an additional module which will fill any gaps required to meet the full scope of the Bonsucro criteria. These gaps relate to issues such as labour management, greenhouse calculations and energy efficiency not covered in the Smartcane BMP modules.

The Smartcane BMP program is funded by the Queensland Government to support sustainable agriculture and achieve Great Barrier Reef water quality outcomes.

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Future Agro Challenge winner announced

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Chris Cameron and daughter Catriona Dale, Platinum Compost, will represent Australia at an international future agro challenge in South Africa next year.A Darling Downs father and daughter team who have developed a compost system emulating the blueprint of nature as close as possible has taken out the first ever Future Agro Challenge (FAC) in Australia.
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Chris Cameron and daughter Catriona Dale, Platinum Compost, won the national leg held in Malanda recently, and will now contest the international competition in South Africa in 2017.

The pairentered the evergreen practises category with theiridea that is designed to achieve premium quality, healthy, sustainable, crop production and sustainable regeneration of soil health and productivity.

Mr Cameron described the win as a “life changer”.

“Like most rural people, we have been through our fair share of tough times and it has been very tough trying to get this extremely well proven business up and running by ourselves,” Mr Cameron said.

The pair has devised a clean, sustainable, non-toxic method of addressing three main issues in agricultural soil, beinga lack of organic matter or soil carbon,severe mineral shortagesand the absence of beneficial biological population in most soil.

Their system uses a ruminant manure based compost which is blended with about 15 minerals designed specifically to address the shortages in the target soil, and finally a live biological culture is applied to the soil in order to start healthy in-ground processes.

FACjudge John Williams said the competition allowed local agricultural issues to be solved on a global scale.

“It’s amazing to see how diverse and insightful the challenge competitors applied their experiences and recognition of a need to develop products and services that could see success in overseas markets,” Mr Williams said.

“Collaboration, community, business smarts and passion – a great combination meant for success.”

FACis a worldwide competition recognising innovative, commercially viable food and agribusiness start-ups that address regional, national and global challenges.

FAC organiser Leanne Kruss.

Leanne Kruss, Queensland Agricultural Workforce Manager for Far North Queensland and FAC Organiser for Start-up Tablelands, said the competition was a success.

“Being the first time this competition has happened for Australia we have a lot to learn and improve as we grow this annual event so that Australia can take its rightful place on the agricultural innovation global stage,” Ms Kruss said.

“Agriculture is one of our nation’s most technologically advanced sectors, yet many Australians are unaware of the revolution that is occurring on our farms.

“Agricultural innovation is one of our greatest contributions to develop solutions to global food security challenges and our primary industries have a strong tradition of being innovative and adaptive to new challenges.”

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Disability Day celebrated at Jelly Bean Park

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Michael Kean, Brittni Riddle, Sue Field and Phillip Thomas are at Jelly Bean Park on Saturday to celebrate International Day of People With a Disability.Disability Services Australia (DSA) celebratedInternational Day of People With a Disability (IDPWD) by holding a market stall in Jelly Bean Park on Saturday.
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“My team and Iwere there to sell succulents that our customers had made, all money raised goes to the Shoalhaven Disability Forum,” DSAcustomer relationship managerBrittni Riddle said.

“We were also there to raise awareness for IDPWD and to simply take part in the family fun day event being held at Jelly Bean Park and the Wesley Centre.”

Ms Riddle hoped the event would help create a more inclusive community for people with a disability.

“These events will hopefully provide awareness to local businesses who may be able to become moreaccessible for people with a disability, which then means people with a disability are able to access the same activities and local events as a person without a disability,” she said.

“Events such as these can also create a better understanding of how a disability can affect someones every day life,community members who may not know or care for a person with a disability can understand why it is so important to create an inclusive community environment.”

The event also provided information for people with a disability and their carers on where and how to seek support if required as the NDIS rolls out next July in the Shoalhaven.

“The NDIS will create more choice for people with a disability, currentlythey do not have much flexibility in how or where their funding is allocated,”Ms Riddle said.

“As the NDIS rolls out, people with a disability will be able to choose when, where, and how long their supports are provided for and by who they choose.

“These choices will vastly improve their lifestyle, as the current funding model is a one size fits all approach that doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.”

DSA along with other providers in the Shoalhaven are ready to assist people with a disability and their families to create their first NDIS plan and support them through the process.

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Santa brings extra nurses to MUH emergency department

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HERE FOR YOU: Nurse practitioners Kathryn Eiseman (left) and Karen Watling (right) will work from Milton Ulladulla Hospital ED unit over the summer season to help cope with increased demand. Every December Milton-Ulladullafillswith visitors,an estimated6,000 people, or a 40 per cent population increase, head to our coastal paradise to celebrate the festive season. With an such a boom comes increased pressure on the regions vital services.
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Milton Ulladulla Hospital’s (MUH) Emergency Department (ED) will be boosted by the addition of two highly specialised nurse practitionersover the Christmas holiday period to help cope with increased demand.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Heath District (ISLHD) emergency services leadOrinda Jones said their is a 40 per cent spike in ED presentations over this period, especially for less serious conditions.

“No one wants to end up in the emergency department over Christmas, butwe all know things do happen” she said.

“We are preparing for the holiday season as best we can by ensuring additional highly trained and specialised nursing staff are in place to treat patients as quickly as possible.”

The ED unit is anticipating a jump in admissions over the period and has reassessed staff levels to ensure they are able to cope efficiently with the holiday population boom.

“The numbers top 100 each day and that’s at-least double,”clinical nurse specialist Bruce Corke said.

“Nursing staff will vary each day but we have an increase over the peak period and again for times like New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Boxing Day.”

Nurse practitioners are skilled in the treatment of conditions including:limb injuries and musculoskeletal pain, respiratory presentations, urinary tract infections, deep vein thrombosis diagnosis and managementand wound management; andwill be a welcome addition to the local service.

One of the nursesKathryn Eiseman is a Mollymook local who is usually positioned in Wollongong Hospital ED.

Kathryn said she is excited about returning to work in her local area.

“I had my first shift here (MUH) 21 years ago,” she said.

“It’s kind of bizarre knowing some of the patients, but it is really nice for them to see a face that they know.”

Kathryn has a Masters of Nursing degree (Nurse Practitioner), a Master’s degree in Applied Management (Nursing), a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing and a Diploma in Health Science (Nursing).

Karen Watling, who lives in Sanctuary Point, will also join the ED over the holiday period.

She has more than 14 years’ experience in emergency nursing and currently works at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.

“I’m looking forward to bringing this new service to the area,” she said.

“We (nurse practitioners) are able to decrease waiting times and see a variety of patients ourselves.

“I tend to see a lot of holiday accidents such as fish hooks, lacerations, sprains, they are the most common holiday mishaps.

“Along with general things like children with ear infections and tummy pains.

“We can see these people very quickly. Also, we see the high-level patients.”

Both Kathryn and Karen will provide cover every day of the week for the holiday period commencing December 5, 2016 until February 12, 2017.

Over the holiday season, it’s important to remember that the Emergency Department is for diagnosing and treating serious or urgent illnesses and injuries.

Residents and visitors are reminded that there are a number of other medical services available in the area, including: Medical Centres (visit 梧桐夜网healthdirect.gov419论坛for a list), phoning Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for expert health advice (available 24-hours, 7 days a week); or talk to a local pharmacist.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.


Proposal to claim back the coastline

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The proposed area of claim highlighted in a native title application.
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A huge native title claim has been proposedthat coversthe entire South Coast, including the Bega Valley.

Native Title Services Corporation (NTSCORP), the native title service provider for the state, will hold a meeting in Narooma this weekendto discuss the filing of a new application.

The proposed region stretches from Bundeena in the north to south of Eden,west towards Braidwood and includes sections of the ocean off the east coast.

It currently covers about 14,000 square kilometres, but the final extent of the claim will be determined by the claimants at the meeting.

While Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council land and sea country coordinator Les Kosez is not attending the weekend’smeeting –CEO BJ Cruse was planning to attend as a local representative – he planned tokeepan eye on proceedings.

“I’m leaving it to our more wise heads. The old fellas can take care of that,’ Mr Kosez said, adding he had mixed feelings about the claim.

“Any native title over this area has the potential to cause a lot of division in the community.

“So it has to be handled in a very cautious manner. It has to be remembered that there area lot of different connections to this country, and they all have to be respected.

“But at the same time I applaud the effort of the people, fortaking proactive steps in trying to have a more recognised and active voice in the decision making processes affecting thiscountry.”

CEO of NTSCORPNatalie Rotumahsaid the claim hadbeen requested by South Coast Indigenous Australians who asserted a traditional connection to the area.

“Recognition of native title will allow the traditional owners of the South Coast to continue practising their culture on some types of crown land and reserves,”she said.

She saiddeterminations have little impact on the wider community.

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Children to be forgotten no longer

20th February 2019 | Closed

Children are only just being recognised as victims of family violence in their own right, a south-west youth worker says.
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Brophy Youth and Family Services executive manager of child and family services Ruth Isbel said attitudes had only just started to shift with the help of things such as the state Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“We think it’s incrediblypleasing to see children are being acknowledgedas victims in their own right andthat there is a much greater understanding and knowledge of the impact of familyand domestic violence on children and young people,” Ms Isbel said.

A report from the Commission for Children and Young People tabled in State Parliament on Wednesday looked atsystemic failures around the deaths of children experiencing family violence, including children not being given access to support or risks being overlooked.

The report made 13 recommendations to ensure children are recognised in the state’s family violence response, including more focus on children’s unique needs and better practices to prevent, identify and respond to child sexual abuse.

Ms Isbel, who has worked with Brophyfor two decades, said family violence had a serious impact on the social, cognitive, psychological, and emotional development of children.

“Many of our clients, children and young people, come to our attention as a result of experiencingand being exposed to family violence,” she said.

“It can certainlyimpact on their capacity to learn, on theireducation, on their capacity to be able to manage their emotions and itimpacts on their capacity to have trusting, strong relationships.

“It has pervasive impacts on their life trajectory.”

Ms Isbel said prevention was the key to breaking the cycle.

“If we canprevent then hopefully we can stop the cycle from repeating itself,” she said.

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Howlong’s Hibberson new Swans coach

20th February 2019 | Closed

MAIN MAN: Danny Hibberson will coach Upper Murray club Federal in 2017 after a long career with Howlong.
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Experienced Howlong product Danny Hibberson will coach Federal in 2017 in a bid to lead the Swans to back-to-back flags.

Hibberson has played for the Swans for three of the last four years, before getting the nod for his first senior coaching opportunity.

The playing coach willbe assisted by Gerard Midson, who joins Federal after two years as the reserves mentor at Rutherglen.

“I’m keen to get started and the plan is to try and blood a few young kids through,” Hibberson said.

“We got some younger guys through last season, but it’s a bit of a double-edge sword because you want to see the better guys come into town to play.”

He added there has been a lot of interest from the young brigade ahead of next season.

“We’re going to pair them up so they can work together on their skills and fitness,” Hibberson said.

“Most of the team won’t start training until February, but if they want to train we’re not going to stop them.”

Federal president Craig Sheather said the club had received interest in the coach’s position, but was pleased to be able to appoint someone from within the ranks.

He added despite losing premiership coach Jack Neil and key big man Brent Ohlin, the club is hungry for further success in 2017.

“They are our only losses to date and we are confident of signing five or six players soon,” Sheather added.

“We got nine football and netball teams in grand finals this year so the benchmark for 2017 has to be set at 10.”

The club is hosting a ‘meet andgreet’ and light training session this Sunday at the clubrooms to formally welcome Hibberson to the role.

A reserves coach and a number of new recruits are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

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A fine vintage at the Helm

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Like a fine wine: Ken Helm stands down as Chairman of Canberra International Riesling Challenge after 16 years, having led and developed the Challenge since its inception. Photo: Yass Tribune.After 16 years the founding Chairman of the Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC), Ken Helm has stepped down from the role having led and developed the Challenge since its inception.
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Ken will remain on the CIRC Board, ensuring that his extensive knowledge of the event and the wine industry is not lost to the Challenge.

“The CIRC is now bigger than one person and is internationally recognised as a major promotion of Riesling and Canberra,” Mr Helm said. “I have made this difficult decision due to increasing demands from the Helm Wine business and family responsibilities which make it difficult to devote the time necessary to be the Chairman of the CIRC.”

“The Challenge is in a very good position, it has a professional and dedicated full-time Secretariat, a supportive Board, a strong group of sponsors including the ACT Government and the support of international wine industry,” he said.

“We have just conducted one of the most successful challenges in our 16 years, with near record entries and significant support from our judges, wineries and consumers.”

Ken thanked the original sponsors of the Challenge, the Wolf Blass Foundation, Jim Murphy Market Cellars, ActewAGL, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, QANTAS, and the ACT Government

Acknowledgingthe initial group of people who supported the CIRC concept and the current board members for their commitment and guidance,“…This has been underpinned by the support of the various ACT Government Chief Ministers – Kate Carnell, Jon Stanhope, Katie Gallagher and Andrew Barr – who have generously agreed to be the Patron of the Challenge.”

“My time as Chairman has been very satisfying and rewarding in many ways. It has allowed me to develop close relationships with many members of the diplomatic community in Canberra, wine organisations and friends in the Australian and International wine industries, who have been crucial in sourcing judges and bringing the entries to the CIRC”, he said.

“I have been fortunate enough to be able to develop an idea into an international event which promotes excellence in Riesling, Canberra and the Canberra Wine Industry. I am looking forward to continuing to support the CIRC as a Board member.”

Local businessman James Service, a founding member of the Challenge, has been elected to replace Ken as Chairman.

Mr Service paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman saying “Ken Helm’s vision, passion and commitment has seen the Challenge cement itself as an international event showcasing not only the Canberra district wines but also the whole city and region …”

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Openers win it for Kings

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OPENER: Toby Shannon helped his team get the required runs on Saturday without losing a wicket. Picture: Tony Grant.
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An unbeaten 80 run opening partnership has set up a win for the Kings Gym cricket team over competition newcomers the Cavaliers in last weekend’s 20/20 clash at King George oval.

Glen Innes Cricket Association spokesman Mark Jacobs said the Cavaliers went into bat first and looked all at sea from the beginning of their innings.

“The Cavaliers captain Greg Wilkins looked good with the bat but unfortunately his teammates could not maintain partnerships and a steady flow of wickets fell,” he said.

The Kings bowlers seemed to have all the answers and knew exactly where to bowl to the Cavalier batsmen to stop runs and get wickets.

“Unfortunately for the Cavaliers they only had eight players so they did not get a full complement of wickets to get through.

“Neil King bowled really well for the Kings and took a couple of wickets bowling a lot of very accurate on the stump deliveries.”

The Cavaliers ended up their innings at seven for 87 off their 20 overs and the Kings looked confident when their openers strolled to the crease.

Jacobs said the Kings openers looked good and got the runs easily.

“Brendon Levy went berserk with the bat, hitting sixes and fours seemingly at will,” he said.

“One ball was hit so far that we lost it and we had to restart play with a new ball.

“Levy was in a good partnership with Toby Shannon and they scored the winning runs with plenty of overs to spare eventually finishing at no wicket for 95 runs.”

Jacobs said the match finished early due to the pace the Kings batsmen set.

“The game was all wrapped up by 4 pm which is one of the earliest finishes I have seen in a local cricket match,” he said.

“I think the Kings openers just decided they’d try and cut loose and get the runs as quickly as possible.

“When the openers hit sixes in the early overs the writing is on the wall.

“The Cavaliers really tried hard but they were outclassed on the day.

Jacobs said the Cavaliers team play the game with a jovial spirit but could do with some net sessions to brush up on their skills.

“If points were given for heart the Cavaliers would do OK,” he said.

“I know Greg Wilkins has tried hard to get a team together to make the competition stronger, I am sure with some time his team will come to be competitive and win a game.”

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Surfest gets Lake Macquarie on board

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OFF THE LIP: The Lake Macquarie Surfing of Festival at Redhead beach next month is expected to attract a quality field of competitors.Lake Macquarie will be one of three Hunter Local Government Areas showcased by Surfest after the announcement its Festival of Surfingis set down for Redhead next month.
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It will be staged on January 28 and 29 and Surfest organiser Warren Smith said having it under their banner “wasa major coup”.

“It was something we wanted to do, to bring Lake Macquarie into Surfest,” Smith said.

“We’ve got some of the best beaches on offer so let’s showcase them.

“It’s in its third year now and is a major part of Surfest and we want to continue to grow it.”

There will be longboard, shortboardand stand-up paddleboard divisionsbut the drawcard event will be the Teams Challenge.

It pits Lake Macquarie boardriding clubs against each other for a place in Surfest’s Orica Team Challenge at Stockton Beach the following weekend.

Surfestwill also have events in Port Stephens Council and Newcastle City Council between January 21 to February 26.

“We are trying to develop the event to support the locals and the teams challenge is mainly for them,” Smith said.

RIDING THE WAVE: Stand-up paddleboarding will form part of the Lake Macquarie Festival of Surfing at Redhead Beach in January.

“The ongoing support of Lake Macquarie City Council is very importantfor Surfest and the greater Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area,” Smithsaid.

HANG TEN: There will be some fierce longboard competition during the Lake Macquarie Festival of Surfing at Redhead beach next month.

“This event with Lake Macquarie City Council and the community of Redhead completes the circle for Surfest, as we aim to achieve wider community involvement in our festival.”

Heats will take place on January 28 January. Finals and the Team Challenge is on January 29.

Markets will be held in the Redhead Beach car park on both days.

“Surfing is very much part of the Lake Macquarie lifestyle and Council is delighted to be partnering with Surfest for the third year to present this festival,” Mayor of Lake MacquarieKay Frasersaid.

“The event creates a real buzz in the community and provides significant economic returns for the local economy.

“It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our city through beautiful Redhead Beach.”

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