Canine owners warned

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’

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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Family abuse hits home at a record rate

Wagga has claimed the cruel and cowardly record of the state’s biggest spike in domestic violence-related assaults.
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Latestcrime statistics revealed aharrowing 46.1 per cent rise in reported “major cases” of battered Wagga women over the past 24 months to September.

Although the scourge of domestic violence is leaching through the Wagga community faster than anywhere in NSW, the crime is more prevalent in Griffith and equally as prevalent in Tumut.

Women’s refuge Sisters Housing Enterprises managerBelinda McMahon said the city’s lead domestic violence crisis accommodation was “full all the time”.

“Whilst the domestic violencerates are going up, we’re hamstrung by the number of beds we have,” Ms McMahon said.

“However, when police need to remove a woman and/or her children, they contact us and we try to accommodate them if we have room, otherwise we help them into a motel.”

Suni Spokes from Wagga’sWomen’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) is absorbing the noticeable increase while bracing for Christmas, which is considered a “trigger point for women who wish to leave a violent relationship”.

“Often the violence can escalate once a victim chooses to leave;the main concern for women and children is their safety,” Ms Spokes said.

“We often speak to women before they leave about having a safety plan in place.”

Last month the state government rolled out a new domestic violence program in Wagga –run by WDVCAS – whereby “at threat”or “at serious threat” women are assigned adomestic violence worker to help them accesspolice, health, corrections, Family and Community Services (FACS)and education services.

Labor’s shadow domestic violence prevention minister Jenny Aitchison will visit Wagga within a month as part of a whistle-stop tour to address the “crisis”.

If you need help contact Wagga’sWomen’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service on 6921 6227 or the national family violence counselling service on 1800 737 732.

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Santa, can I please have…

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Students from Ceduna Area School shared their Christmas wishes in a range of letters addressed to Santa.

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Glenn Walsh BuildingSpry BrothersStreaky Bay PharmacyCeduna FurnitureCeduna Christian Ministers AssociationBay RecyclingCeduna RecyclingDistrict Council of CedunaCeduna PharmacyCeduna Visitor Information CentreRSM Work and Country OutfittersCeduna Steel FabricationsEyre Premix ConcreteDear Santa, canI please have an elf for Freddy?From Toby

Dear Santa, can I please have an iPad for Christmas? My sister Indy wants a remote control car.From Abby

Dear Santa, canI please have lots of Lego because I have been extra good.From Conor

Dear Santa, can I please have Call of Duty on my iPod and on my TV? Merry Christmas. HO HO HO!From Xian

Dear Santa, I have been very good so canI please have these things: remote control Megaladon, and a real pet platypus.I hope you can get me this.From Chase

Dear Santa, what I want for Christmas is Shopkins. I’ve been very good and I think our cousins are coming and our nana and poppa. My little brother Jed would like a 3D maker. My sister Scout would like Lego and loom bands. My sister Dakota would like rings.From Elke

Dear Santa,I have been waiting for Christmas so can I please have a Robo Indomanis Rex because I will be happy.Love from Lachlan

Dear Santa,I really want heaps more Shopkins. I have been very good all the time.From Ruby

Dear Santa,I have been very good this year. Can I please have a magic reindeer?From Soul-Jade

Dear Santa, can I please have a Burmese mountain dog?From Kala

Dear Santa,I have been very good this year. I want a pet kitten.From Ashlon

Dear Santa,I have been good this year so can I pretty please have an Elf on the Shelf. I would also like a girl cat because I have a boy cat and then they can marry each other and have kittens. I would like some loom bands. My brother wants Paw Patrol.From Tessa

Dear Santa,I want a toy penguin.From Sienna

Dear Santa,I have been very good this year so can I please have a gymnastics mat and beam. My sister Charli would like a scooter.I have asked Elfie if she wanted to come to Christmas and she said yes so I wanted to tell you because I would like to know more about the Elf and see if you could send it to me in a note.From Madison

Dear Santa,I have been really good this year. Can I please have a super charged kids buggy so that Cataliya and I can drive. I love you.From Dennis

Dear Santa, have your elves been listening? I know your elves can listen to you. I wish for Elsa, Anna and Olaf dolls.From Alira

Dear Santa, have you been feeding your reindeer? I wish for a big, big pool please.From Leilahni

Dear Santa, I hope you are having a good day. I love you and I’m really happy that it is almost Christmas. I wish for a crystal empire, Princess Cadance and Pinkie Pie in a very nice dress.From Isla

Dear Santa, do you make a list of toys for kids at the North Pole? I hope you have a good time delivering presents. I wish for a swimming pool.From Kobie

Dear Santa, do you feed your reindeer so they don’t die? Do you feed your elves? Canyou please give me a boat.From Lincon

Dear Santa, I’m being good for Mum. I have been making my bed and brushing my teeth and listening to my Dad. I wish for a Barbie and a water slide.From Evie

Dear Santa, please can I have a baby doll and a swimming pool with a slide? Have you fed your reindeer?From Charli

Dear Santa, how are you going with your reindeer? Are you having fun delivering presents? Have fun riding around the world.Have a very good holiday.From Ryder

Dear Santa,I wish for something nice for Christmas. I hope you are comfortable in your warm clothes. Do you like all the people in the world? Will there be lots of special lights on the houses?From Chad

Dear Santa, have you been feeding your reindeer? Can you pass me a toy bow and arrow please?From Charlie and Nate

Dear Santa, I want a Barbie doll and a toy car.From Shaquana

Dear Santa, I wish I could get a remote control helicopter for Christmas.From Matthew

Dear Santa, I want a parachute man.From Zeth

Dear Santa, do your elves be good? Do you feed your reindeer? Who goes at the front of the sleigh? Who goes at the back? I love you. I am going to be good. Do you know how to get to Adelaide because I will be at Nana’s with Bridie, Mum and Dad.From Marley

Dear Santa, I love you. I hope you have a nice Christmas. I want a motorbike.From Nate

Dear Santa, have a nice Christmas.From Sienna

Dear Santa, please can I have a trampoline?From Shannishia

Dear Santa, have your elves been listening to you? Can I please get a present. I would like another aeroplane that flies.From Ofi

Dear Santa, have a nice Christmas.From Sienna

Dear Santa, I hope you have a good ride to Australia. One elf is at my home. I want a toy Elf.From Laken

Dear Santa, your Elf is so tricky. I like him. We named him Jazzy Rock Star. I want a CD for Christmas.From Ari

Dear Santa, I hope you are not cold. I want toys for Christmas.From Corey

Dear Santa, I want something nice for Christmas.From Bella

Dear Santa, I hope you have a good Christmas and hope you feelinghappy. Can I have a surprise present?From Belle

Dear Santa, I hope you have a good day. I hope you don’t get too cold at the North Pole. Can I please have a robot cat?From Saphire

Dear Santa, please can I have a toy horse?From Marlee

Dear Santa, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and your elves too. All I want is something nice for Christmas.From Kobee

Dear Santa, how are you doing? What are you doing today? I’m doing good and I want a 3D maker please.From Jed

Dear Santa, this Christmas I’m going to Alice Springs. We won’t be putting up any decorations. I’ve had a great year, if people needed to know how to spell a word I helped them spell it. I’m so excited for Christmas eve this year. I would really like a book of jokes and some Shopkins.From Kayliyah

Dear Santa,I have been helping mum and dad can I pretty please have forza horizon oneand two.Love Mason

Dear Santa,I hope I see you again. Can Ihave a bike. I have been good.From Tyrone

Dear Santa, I would like a baby dolly and a scooter.From Shania

Dear Santa,I hope we will get some presents on the 25th. I have been good I really want a kitten. I love you Santa.From Rena

Dear Santa, I have been very good this year. Can I please have an Astralian kelpie for Chrismas, and a baby alive.Love from Luella

Dear Santa, I have a new house. It is still in Denial Bay, it is at the sign, it is yellow. Me and my brother have been good all year. I’m sure you will have a busy and truly happy Christmas. I do not care what I get.Love from Neeka

Dear Santa, I helped my Dad this year. Please can I have a pet wolf.From Cody

Dear Santa,I’ve been very good today. Can I please have a pool for Christmas and can I please have a Barbie for my Barbie house. I hope you know where my house is. My brother has been very good too and he might want a racing car toy and we already set up our Christmas Tree. I like you so much.From Emily and Archy

Dear Santa, can I please have a new bike.From Alexzander

Dear Santa, please can l have a camera. Tessa and I are both six. FromRiley

Dear Santa, this year I have been really good.I have helped my mum clean her car. My Birthday is in September, I am seven. My brother is four. Can I please have my own water slide.From Maddie

Dear Santa,I want a toy tractor for Christmas.From Corey

Dear Santa, this Christmas mycousins are coming to my house. I’ve been really good at school and at home. I would really like a kitten for Christmas.From Makayla

Dear Santa, my party is the day after Christmas. I am going to Perth for Christmas. I hope you know where my house is. Can I please have a full box of Shopkins season six?From Rosie

Dear Santa,I’ve been very nice to my family. Can Iplease have a robot dinosaur and dragon. I have a joke for you. Knock, Knock.Who’s there?Hello. Hello who? Hello this is your helpline, how can I help you?From Corbin

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Wakefield Grange win

TOP GONG: Award-winning owners of sustainable meat business Wakefield Grange Sophie and Nathan Wakefield with their children.YANKALILLA –Modern-day farming, a ‘nose-to-tail’ philosophy and a belief in supporting the local community underpins proudly South Australian sustainable meat business Wakefield Grange, which tookout the two top gongs at the annual South Australian Food Industry Awards.
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The three year old company has grown from a husband and wife team, Nathan and Sophie Wakefield, selling via a single farmer’s market each week to a thriving small business servicing up to 30 restaurants and eateries throughout the state and a retail store in Yankalilla.

“We’re ecstatic to have received the top award in the Primary Producer and Sustainability categories amongst a prominent field,” Sophie Wakefield said.

“This award offers our family and our employees a huge pat on the back and shows us that people are embracing our ‘nose-to- tail’ philosophy and locally-grown produce.”

The company prides itself on its sustainable vision, with this commitment extending from the paddock, into their butchery and throughout the Yankalilla retail store.

With a unique, on-farm processing facility, the meat produced and sold by Wakefield Grange is born, raised, processed and sold predominately from within the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“We believe in respecting and processing the whole animal,” Sophie said.

“Most people don’t realise that there is a lot more to an animal than just the piece of meat they pick up from the butcher. We are continually finding creative ways to utilise that secondary cut.

“All beef and lamb produced under the Wakefield Grange brand is 100 per cent grass-fed and finished, antibiotic and hormone growth promotant free.All pork and poultry is grown free range and in many cases pasture raised.It is a true local cooperative in the sense that we work with a whole range of local producers to bring to life the brand.”

Both Nathan and Sophie are passionate about seeing young people come into farming and hope the collaborative approach they’ve taken will help promote agricultural sustainability in the region.The business has previously been a finalist in the SA Food Awards.

The South Australian Food Industry Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and businesses that are making their mark in the food industry by demonstrating their outstanding vision, leadership and innovation.

It provides the opportunity for these ambitious and enthusiastic food professionals to raise the bar and inspire our dynamic food industry to greater achievement.Each year, the awards program is elevated to a higher level through the calibre of entrants, the quality of the judges, and the dedication of the people who work in the food industry. This year the awards shined a light on the best of the state’s food industry, who dream big and shimmer bright.

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End global warming one farmer at a time

Be the change: Carbon Farm owners Lee Kahler and Phillip Uebergang are working with farmers to reduce global warming. Picture: Rob GunstoneOne man says he has a way to reduce the impactof climate changeacross the world – one farmer at a time.
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Agronomist Philip Uebergang wants Australian farmers to join his program toreducegreenhouse gas emissions, increaseyield and on-farm profits.

Mr Uebergang launched his Carbon Farm program in Cobdenon Tuesday after more than 30 years of research, development and marketing.

With agriculture contributing 75per cent to greenhouse gas emissions, Mr Uebergang believes the most efficient carbon pollution reducing scheme is removing nitrous oxide on farms.

The gas is found in fertilisers and soil.

He said applying alternatives to fertilisers like humus, would increase soil nutrient holding capacity.

He said one tonne of nitrous oxides were theequivalent to 298 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The gas lasts in the atmosphere for 110 years and the process that degrades it, depletes the ozone layer.

Mr Uebergangsaid in order to reduce global warming, greenhouse gas output needed to be reduced while soil fertility increased.

He’s developed asoil testing device which records samples from paddocks and assesses its chemical composition.

Under a carbon offset scheme, he said farmers with nitrous oxide-free soil would receive financial rewards.

“So for every hectare that is nitrous oxide-free, farmers will be offset $150,” he said.

“For 1000 hectares, that’s $150,000 directly into the farmers’ pocket.”

He said farmers needed to download an app where the data was compiled.

“The money goes through an independent accounting system that is audited every five years,” Mr Uebergang said.

“No factory or third party handles it at all.”

Cereal crops, canola crops, dairy pastures and organic growers can all participate in his Uebergang Carbon Standard and earn carbon credits.

“The crops are producing more weight and bigger seed than those not on this program,” Mr Uebergang said.

Mr Uebergang said his program would help sustain farming operations.

He said the company was a few months away from setting up a premium gold standard –the most credible standard in the world for carbon offsets.

“This could resolve the problem of global warming,” he said. “It’s ready now.”

Mr Uebergang, who lives in Geelong, said he wanted to launch his innovation in the south-west, the home of his farming ancestors.

“I’m proud to contribute to my family name,“ he said.

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Qld sugar’s global sustainability recognised

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

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

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

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.