‘Buyback cap good news for irrigators’

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UPDATE: A cap on water buybacks has been welcomed by various industry bodies and stakeholder organisations. A CAP on water buybacks has officially passed through the senate, a move that has been welcomed by industry bodies and irrigators.
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The cap was passed as part of amendments toMurray-Darling Basin Plan legislation capping federalgovernment water purchases, known as buybacks, at 1500 gigalitresunder the Basin Plan.

NSW Farmers water spokesmanand MIAirrigator Helen Dalton saidthecap wasan important component of the workability of the Basin Plan.

“The amended legislation will provide security and certainty to irrigators and Basin communities,” she said.

“The cap is also a sign that the government is acknowledging the significant social and economic impacts that large-scale removal of productive water out of the Basin has.”

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has alsowelcomed the passing of thelegislation.

NFF Water Taskforce chairman Les Gordon said the peak farm body hadlong advocated for thekey election commitment to be met.

“The bipartisan support for the 1500GL cap on water buybacks gives farmers and processors in the basin more confidence to continue investing in agriculture,” he said.

“The announcement shows the parliament has listened to these communities and responded to some of their concerns.”

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Freckles take out the Netball GFphotos

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Touch and go for future of summer competition

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IT IS easily Cootamundra’s biggest summer sport, but yet again willing volunteers are nowhere to be found.
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SUMMER WINNER: Touch football is Coota’s biggest summer sport for all ages. Mikayla Sheahan, Lauren Connell, Laura Miller, Brooke Thompson and Alec Sutherland. Picture: Harrison Vesey

On Monday September 14 a disappointing roll up of only fourpeople turned up to theCootamundra Touch Football Association annual general meeting.

When you considerthere arearound 500 players participating in the local competition it’s very sad whenonly fourpeople attend the one-off meeting.

Some people may be turned off coming for the fear of getting stuck with a job, but it seems that all executive positions will be filled this year.

More numbers are needed at an AGM though to reach a quorum.

The clubwill try again with the AGM to be held on MondaySeptember 21 at 6:30pm in the Wattle Lounge of the Ex-Services Club.

We urge as many people as possible to attend.

If there is no committee formed there will be no touch footy played this coming season.

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Here’s cheers to a great year

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SPIRIT: Cessnock Goannas cheerleaders (front) Taylah Russell, Evie Passfield and Kayla Crosdale, and back, Jordarna Barber, Felicity Hodgins, Rhia Cartwright, Briana Hall, Amity Rockley and Haley Fenwick. Absent: Kaitlyn Levy, Tiffani Musgrove, Olivia Witherspoon.The Cessnock Goannas cheerleaders have wrapped up their pom poms for another year now the Goannas’ Real NRL season is complete.
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The squad of 12 girls performed at every Goannas home game this year, led and choreographed by local Newcastle Knights cheerleader Alecia McCallum.

The girls all attend the Kirsty Gunther Academy of Dance and take part in a specialised cheerleading class as well as rehearsals once a week.

All girls are also involved in other classes at the academy, but Gunther said the cheerleading gives them something different.

“They love it,” she said.

“It’s not just dance class; they’re actually getting to perform.”

This is the third year in a row that girls from the academy have provided the cheerleading at the Goannas’ home games, and while Gunther said this is a relatively young squad, they have improved a lot over the course of the year.

“They’ve come a long way,” she said.

Gunther said the Cessnock club and the players were fantastic throughout the year, and that she is very proud of the girls.

“They’re a great bunch of girls,” she said.

“I’m very lucky as a teacher.”

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C Grade Emus

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C Grade Emus Andrew Hughes Age – 31Occupation – Motel Manager Hughsey brings versatility and can play anywhere from front row to number 8.
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Trent Raymond Age – 39Occupation – Another Chemical Bloke “Mr Union” is the fittest he’s been in 300 games. He would want to be, being the club fitness trainer.

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Michael Turvey Age – 20 Occupation – FarmerThe big Turve has come a long way this season and has learnt the age old art of scrumaging off the likes of Brett, Doug and Jay.

Mitchell Lawless Age – 31Occupation – Apprentice Sparky Mitch has become a leader and has played more games this season than anyone else in the club.

Jeff Suhr Age – 50Occupation – Lives off his Old ManTells everyone that he’s the best number 8 in the club. Stick to the 2nd Row Scoob.

Francis Hayes Age – 33Occupation – Sparky Fittest he’s been, he and Fritta have been working hard.

Hugh Oliver Age – 21 Occupation – Apprentice SparkyNeeds to bring his A game and when he does there is some hard hitting and great work around the middle.

Tom Cook Age – 19Occupation – Mummy’s BoyNot the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Phil Fairbanks Age – 34Occupation – Carpenter Along with Ash, Phil is one of the biggest hitters in the game. You don’t want to run into this pair.

Geoff OnusGeoff’s great season unfortunatley came to a premature end with a fractured cheek bone and eye socket. He has taken up the reigns of C Grade Coach.

Luke Fritz Age – 35Occupation – Rugby President Fritta has also been doing extra sessions with Franga over near the Railway somewhere.

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Local TAFE sites up for sale: Greens

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Corowa TAFE site has been earmarked for sale, according to NSW GreensTHE NSW Government could reap more than $2 million from TAFE site salesin Albury and Corowa.
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The Greens have obtained a leaked cabinet document showing the Dean Street building could fetch an estimated $1.36 million and the Corowa site $700,000.

“As predicted, regional TAFE campuses are now in the NSW Nationals and Liberals’ firing line,” Greens MP John Kaye said.

“The future of young people in the Riverina is in serious doubt with campus closures being seriously considered by the cabinet.

“No amount of spin can hide the frightening reality of TAFE being lined up for substantial down-sizing.”

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said on Tuesday the sale of the two assets couldn’t be ruled out.

He said TAFE was undergoing a “strategic asset management plan” in concert with changing needs of students.

“It’s my understanding no decision has been made at all,” Mr Aplin said.

“The aim is to grow learning options generally through programs they’ve got.”

He said the Corowa site hadbeen “slated” for change for many years.

“It is being less and less used,” he said.

“It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest providing there are opportunities for delivery of services.

“They are delivering more and more courses online.”

Corowa TAFE occupies a large site on Riesling Street only a block from Sanger Street.

“The council has said to me many times they wouldn’t mind seeing a redevelopment of that site because it is close to the central business area of Corowa,” Mr Aplin said.

“It is a collection of old buildings which are very under-utilised.

“When they were built we didn’t have computers or the internet.”

Mr Kaye said what was planned for NSW TAFEs had already happened in Victoria.

“Pushing up fees, cutting back on courses at TAFE and reducing support for students has inevitably created ghost campuses,” he said.

The Albury TAFE main campus isin Poole Street.

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Variety of callouts keeps rescue squad busy

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CRASH: The accident scene at Stanford Merthyr on Friday.Last week was a busy week for the Cessnock District Rescue Squad with a variety of different callouts for assistance.
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On Monday night just before 7pm the rescue squad was activated to reports of a cat in a large tree in Paxton.

Upon arrival the cat was in a large tree and it was a delicate operation to bring the cat down to safety.

After a short period of time and a few meows later, the cat was back with the grateful owner who was very pleased with the outcome and the cat sustained no injuries at all.

On Wednesday at approximately 4.50pm the squad was called to Big W Cessnock to help a child with his head stuck in a toilet training seat.

After a short time and no distress to the child, the toilet seat was cut and removed from the child and no harm to the child and a very thankful parent.

At approximately at 8.50pm that night units were called to Northcote Street, Kurri for a possible persons-trapped accident.

Upon arrival of units there was no persons trapped, however members were required by NSW Ambulance Paramedics to remove the passenger side door to allow better access to the patient for treatment.

Members remained on scene for a short time to assist the removal of the vehicles and clean-up of the scene. Northcote Street was closed for a short time and traffic diverted around the scene.

On Friday around 8.50pm the squad was activated for a persons-trapped accident on John Renshaw Drive just outside Stanford Merthyr, where a small red hatchback had collided head-on with a tree.

The driver was trapped for a short time while rescue squad members used hydraulic jaws and cutters to free her from the vehicle from the passenger side.

Squad members assisted paramedics to extricate and treat the woman and transport her to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

John Renshaw Drive was shut down to one lane for some time until the accident was cleared.

Meanwhile, with the warmer days and months ahead of us snakes are on the move and there have already been some calls for assistance by the public to have them removed from backyards.

If you see a snake, have someone keep an eye on it and call the rescue squad on 4991 2444 and members will attend ASAP to try to locate the snake and remove it if found to a safe location.

Cessnock District Rescue Squad would like to thank all the current business sponsors and thanks the community for donations. The rescue squad wouldn’t be able to provide this function without this ongoing support of the community.

If you would like to donate to the squad or find out more, email [email protected]南京夜网, call 4991 2444 or follow ‘Cessnock District Rescue Squad’ on Facebook.

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Breaking NewsDrama at Sofala

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Photo: file imageA truck driver has died following a crash near Bathurst.
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Emergency services were called to the scene of a major accident in the historic goldmining village of Sofala at 11.30amon Tuesday.

It is understood that a semi trailer tanker has collided with a house in Denison Street before overturning and becoming wedged beneath the building.

The truck driver died at the scene. His age is not yet known.

The house sustained significant damage; however, no one was home at the time.

A number of emergency services from Bathurst and across the region attendedthe scene.

Officers from Chifley Local Area Command have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The Hill End Road was closed in both directions, with motorists advised to avoid the area.

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“It has had a major impact on the community,” why a community cries out for you to Dob In A Dealer

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Navaeh McEwen and Lakiah Gray were given awards for being the face of the Dob In A Dealer The poster which stars Navaeh and Lakiah
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Following the success of the Dob in a Dealer program in Wellington, deputy premier Troy Grant said he would be happy to see the Dubbo community adopt similar initiatives in their fight against ice (crystal methamphetamine).”It’s locally driven, it’s getting national attention,” he said.

“This is a program that others will get to adapt, there’s a lot more that others need to do and the government is making resources to help.”

“I didn’t realise there weren’t sharps containers made readily available,” he added at the official launch of Dob in a Dealer in Wellington, later telling the ABC that the government would be dumb not to consider putting these facilities in place.

He said if Dubbo adopted Dob in a Dealer it would be for the Dubbo community to decide.

“Because Dob in a Dealer is a community initiative and they will need to decide what works for them,” he said.The Dob in a Dealer program has already seen impressive results before its official launch as part of their Gungie (meaning “police”) Origin grassroots campaign.

“It has had a major impact on the community,” Manager of the Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services centre Alison Conn said.

“Around eight calls a day are made to Crime Stoppers from five a week and it is not just about drugs, it is over things like the recent firearms arrest.”

She said it had strengthened ties between the police and the community, and people now realised they could chat honestly to police and remain anonymous without having to worry about appearing in court.

“The official launch is also about what people can do to help us out,” she said.

Mr Grant said he was excited to watch Wellington’s journey and see the town’s passion as they took the initiative to beat the drug, especially following the town’s recent bad publicity.

“To want to do better for your community. You can talk for ever about your problems, but until you come up with a solution you can go around and around,” he said.

“Let’s continue to do the good work. There’s no such thing as a silly idea when it comes to beating ice and making the community the best it can be.”

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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.
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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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