Bureau talks on weather data service

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Picture: PAUL CARRACHERA NEW Bureau of Meteorology supercomputer and how it can help Wimmera farmers will be the focus of an information session in Horsham.

Wimmera Development Association will host a weather services information seminar with bureau staff on Wednesday night.

Association project officer Mark Fletcher said the session would update people on new technology the bureau used in weather forecasting and reporting, including an overview of Japanesegeostationary weather satellite theHimawari 8.

“The session ismainly forfarmers, but anyone is welcome to come along,” he said.

“The bureau’sacting regional director for VictoriaTed Williams andbusiness development managerTom Butcher will discuss a new supercomputer the group is using for better modelling and forecasting.

“They are alsogoing to discuss advances withseasonalforecasting.The biggest thing about it is that they arelooking to get more information out there about improvements inforecasting with new technologies that are available.”

Mr Fletcher said two weather workshops would follow on Thursday.

“We have invited regional leaders in agriculture to get together to workshop building on a business case we have put through in the past to improve real-time weather forecasting in the region,” he said.

Wimmera Development Association started a campaign for an upgraded Wimmera weather radar in 2013.

Mr Fletcher said the campaign was progressing.“The biggestthing that we need to focus on now isthe economic benefits and impacts of having thatgood-qualityinformation available,” he said.

“If we don’t have it, it is costly.

“If chemicals are being applied to crops at an incorrect time, for example, that can damagecrops.It’s all aboutgetting everything lined up to get the best out of crops we put into theground.”

Mr Fletcher said there was no doubt it had been a challenging growingseason so far.

“Thefeedback I’m getting is fairly mixed,” he said.

“The impacts across the region are quite different from one area to the next, and the amount of rain has differed quite a bit. In some areas it has come at the right time.

“Itwill be interesting to see how season unfolds. It has a lot to do with thedifferent soil types in our area.

“Everyone is hoping for a bit more moisture.”

Mr Fletcher said the weather session would run from 7pm to 9pm at the Federation University auditorium in Horsham.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Mr Fletcher asked people to RSVP by [email protected]论坛 or by calling 5381 6505.

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Leadership change ‘a resounding message’

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Liberal Party candidate for Hume Angus Taylor. Photo suppliedHUME MP Angus Taylor says the Liberal Party’s change of leaders is “a resounding message … about the Coalition’s determination to defeat Labor at the next Federal election”.

Mr Taylor said the Liberals would unite behind Malcolm Turnbull both as leader and new Prime Minister.

“I have a firm policy about not commenting on party room matters,” Mr Taylor said in a written statement.

“But I acknowledge there is a range of views about the leadership change.

“I urge all supporters to unite behind the clear aim of securing an emphatic win at the next election and continuing to rebuild the nation.”

By a vote of 54 to 44, Mr Turnbull took the Liberal leadership from Tony Abbott on Monday night.

Mr Turnbull’s running mate, Julie Bishop, retained the deputy leadership by a vote of 70 to 30, defeating Mr Abbott’s offsider, Kevin Andrews.

Of a possible 102 votes, three ministers were absent from the leader’s ballot and one vote was informal; one minister arrived to join the deputy’s ballot, in which no informal votes were cast.

On becoming Prime Minister-designate, Mr Turnbull said he would be a more consultative party leader.

“To be a successful leader, you have to bring people with you by respecting their intelligence,” Mr Turnbull said.

Former federal Liberal leader John Hewson said Mr Abbott had lost the trust of the Australian people, “but I think politics generally has lost the trust of the Australian people.”

Speaking before the ballot as a guest on ABC’s Q&A panel, Mr Hewson said both sides of politics today were “on the nose, as far as the electorate is concerned”.

“You’re forced to make a choice between the lesser of two evils. When you’ve made your choice, you have to live with the evil of two lessers,” Mr Hewson said.

Calling on first-hand experience of another forced leadership ballot, Mr Hewson described a spill as a “pretty disarming and destroying process”.

“In the end you’ve got to respect the decision of your colleagues … If you can’t govern yourselves, you can’t govern your country. Disunity is death in politics.”

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Planned burns for Murray Goldfields district

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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria andCFA advise that planned burning will be carried out in the following areas on Wednesday,16Septemberto Friday, 18 September, weather conditions permitting:

Maldon Heaps: 1 hectare burns, several piles of debris, Maldon Township at SthGerman Pond, Maldon Long Gully, Forest Creek, Chokem Flat, Caledonia GullyChewton – Steele St: 12 hectare fuel reduction burn, Chewton TownshipSmoke may also be visible from burn offs from private property across the region.

Smoke may be visible in the following locations as well as from surrounding areas:

MaldonChewton, CastlemaineDELWP, Parks Victoria and CFA are doing more planned burning to reduce the risk ofbushfire to people, property and communities. You may be affected by smoke from theseplanned burns.

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Labor calls for Illawarra job focus

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CONCERNED: Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Throsby MP Stephen Jones fear the government has forgotten about the Illawarra’s jobs crisis amid the Liberal leadership change. Picture: ROBERT PEETILLAWARRA Labor MPs say thegovernment is sobusy“fighting over their own jobs” theyhaveforgotten about saving the steel industry and helping stemthe region’s jobs crisis.

Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Throsby MP Stephen Jonespenned an open letter, airing their concerns, to then Prime MinisterTony Abbott two weeks ago.

The MPs didn’treceivea reply prior to Mr Abbott’s ousting on Monday nightand will write to new Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull.

“They’ve changed the leader, but they haven’t changed the direction of the government,” Mr Jones said.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane convened crisis talksabout the region’s economyand the viability ofBlueScope Steel’s Port Kembla steelworks in Wollongong on September 7.

“Our region can’t tolerate delay in taking action on those matters,”Ms Birdsaid.

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Ex-Kinross quick Rogers stars with bat and ball against Western Zone

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SPEED TO BURN: Former Kinross tearaway Sandy Rogers led his Eastern Suburbs side to an easy win against Western Zone last weekend. Photo: PETE GUTHRIECRICKET

FORMER Kinross quick Sandy Rogers, along with all-rounder Daniel Magin, inspired Eastern Suburbs to an easy 155-run victory in last Saturday’s pre-season match against Western Zone at Cowra’s Twigg Oval.

Rogers blasted a quick-fire 22 not out in his side’s innings of 8-265, which Magin top scored in with 69 not out and was the pick of Easts’ bowlers in snaring 3-15 from his five overs as Western Zone slumped to just 110 in reply.

Rogers got rid of Young’s Nick Berry (12), Bathurst’s Josh Toole (1) and Dubbo’s Stu Naden (0) as his side routed Western – Mudgee’s Will Lindsay (28 not out) was the only one who provided any real resistance.

“It was great that [Easts] even came out, we’re very lucky and very appreciative that they made the trip,” Berry, Western’s skipper, said.

“I think our bowling was good, and Will Lindsay was about it with the bat.

“It’s just about batting time, seeing it through and getting on top.”

“At times we had to work really hard, it just goes to show if it wasn’t for Daniel Magin at the end we could have been really struggling,” said Easts coach Michael Bevan, a former Australian Test and One-Day International star.

“Three or four batters looked comfortable and in control and those three or four did the job today.”

Bowling first, Western was on top early, with Cowra’s Jacob McNaught (2-38) and Dubbo’s Tim Berry (2-19) bowling well to leave Easts struggling at 6-150.

Enter Magin.

The hard-hitting right-hander pummelled his 69 not out in a short space of time to inspire Easts to a respectable total, before he and new-ball partner Tas Yazdani dismissed Parkes’ Anthony Heraghty (10) and Dubbo’s Ryan Medley (2) respectively to start Western’s collapse.

Outside Lindsay, Mitch Bower’s 14 from first drop was the best performance from a Western batsman as the side was bundled out in just 33 overs.

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