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Dog racing dilemma

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Rosedale greyhound breeder and trainer Carolyn Jones argues the Victorian industry reforms are a better response to animal cruelty concerns than New South Wale’s total ban on the industry.Photo: Alex Ford
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The New South Wales state government ban on greyhound racing from July next year will have implications for Gippsland breeders, trainers and support industries.

The flow-on effects could include New South Wales participants moving to Victoria, placing pressure on an already heavily scrutinised industry.

Reforms were put in place in Victoria to stop live-baiting last year, and the industry is making changes to ensure fewer animals are put down.

While there are many investigations and inspections occurring already, a large influx of dogs and participants would stretch resources.

A strong community of breeders and trainers exists across Gippsland.

Sale Greyhound Club racing manager Des Dooley said all Victorian clubs were working closely with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) to implement reforms.

“The effect of the closures in New South Wales are impossible to predict,” he said in a statement to the Gippsland Times.

“The long term future of greyhound racing will be strengthened by all participants embracing the changes that are taking place.”

The club has applied for new premises to be built in the near future.

In Rosedale, where many trainers are based, breeder and trainer Carolyn Jones said there was too much misinformation that was affecting public opinion.

“We do what we do because we love the dogs; the bulk are cared for as well as children,” she said.

“I’m not denying there are things going wrong but the good outweighs the bad.”

Ms Jones recently had a litter of 10 puppies at her farm, and while she admitted some would be unsuitable to race when they matured, the majority would find loving homes.

“We now have seven grades of racing, in our local area, it’s very strong,” she said.

“They might not win a race, but they’re making races now for dogs of lower quality, so people can keep their dogs.

“The truth is that some dogs are not suitable for re-homing and they are euthanased, and it’s all supervised by a vet.

“You will find (euthanasia) in any species of animal that we breed, be that dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep.

“There’s several places doing adoptions, and through GRV we’ve got the Greyhound Adoption Program, which has been very successful.”

Despite assurance from the government, Ms Jones is wary of the future, but optimistic.

“We’ve had a lot of reform over several years but particularly over the past 18 months, everybody’s making an effort,” she said.

“Some past practices aren’t acceptable, so we’ve got reform, we’re making changes, and one of those is making an effort to place dogs into homes.

“They’ve made huge progress, in some ways they’ve made it hard for us, but by the public we have to be seen to be doing the right thing.

“The bulk of the people doing it are doing the right thing.”

Ms Jones was especially concerned over the human impact of the bans, and the potential loss of jobs in Victoria if a ban was enforced.

“This is not just an industry that people have invested a lot of time and money, greyhounds for some people are the only reason they get up in the morning,” she said, noting that thousands of families would be affected indirectly.

Animal welfare experts are now involved in GRV’s board and investigations into unscrupulous practices in Victoria.

State Racing Minister Martin Pakula issued a statement soon after the New South Wales announcement, stating the government had no plans to ban greyhound racing in Victoria.

“The Victorian greyhound racing industry, under Bernie Carolan and Alan Clayton, has taken great strides in reforming the industry,” he said.

GRV chair Bernie Carolan said the industry directly employed more than 3000 people, generated many indirect jobs, particularly in regional Victoria, and annually added more than $315 million to the economy, including $200 million of direct expenditure in regional Victoria, but the end of the industry in New South Wales would put pressure on the organisation as participants and dogs moved across the border.

“The sport operates on a smaller scale in Victoria and GRV is well advanced on fundamental and unprecedented cultural and operational reform to ensure it has a sustainable future as a fair and accountable code with greyhound welfare as its overriding priority,” Mr Carolan said.

Initiatives like the Greyhound Adoption Program, which has re-homed about 7000 dogs to date, and reviews from the Racing Integrity Commissioner and Chief Veterinary Officer which recommended greater inspection powers, had improved the industry’s accountability, he said.

However, the president of the Australian Veterinary Association, Dr Robert Johnson, said while New South Wales moved forward with this ban, there needed to be assurances for the welfare of the dogs involved.

AVA spokesperson Dr David Neck said it would be a considerable challenge to care for the greyhounds during the transition and ensure their welfare was not compromised.

“There needs to be an adequate time frame to appropriately phase out the industry while not compromising the welfare of the dogs. The veterinary profession is certainly willing to help these efforts and work with stakeholders,” Dr Neck said.

“We encourage families to consider re-homing a greyhound as they can make wonderful pets. No one wants to see greyhounds euthanased as a result of this decision, and we sincerely hope this can be avoided.”

Ultimately, breeders like Ms Jones want to see the government allow the reforms to take place, and let the industry develop without causing unnecessary anxiety.

“There were a lot of old school things in the industry, and that’s just not acceptable in today’s society,” she said.

“What we’re going through, if we get through it in a positive way, the industry will be stronger.”

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Meeting to fight for dog racing

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GUNNEDAH Greyhound Racing Club is forging ahead in its fight against a blanket ban of the sport by staging an 11th-hour community meeting on Saturday.
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It follows NSW Premier Mike Baird announcing last week the sport will be banned as of July next year, followinga damningSpecial Commission of Inquiry that found overwhelming evidence of widespread animal cruelty.

Club president and Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association (GBOTA) chair Geoff Rose has vowed to fight tooth and nail the ban that will have far-reaching implications on the local industry.

GBOTA is imploring the local community to converge on the Gunnendah track this Saturday in a last-ditch bid to show decision-makers the value of the sport to the region.

“I think the City of Tamworth and Gunnedah will lose about $5million in revenue, so come down and make your voice heard,” the club posted on its Facebook page.

Gunnedah Greyhound Racing Club NVI earlier this week that GBOTA had engaged a high-profile barrister and a steering committee had been formed to lead the fightback.

It follows non-TAB races suspended as of Tuesday until further notice,pending a review by GRNSW of track safety, integrity and animal welfare coverage in the sector.

The ban will not only affect owners, trainers and breeders, but will also have serious implications onanimals’ welfare.

Gunnedah RSPCA branch president Cheryl Sharmanfears the owners could take the fate of the dogs into their own hands.

The community meeting kicks off at the track at 10am Saturday.

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GRFL – Blues, Tigers face finals test

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THE finals aspirations of two of the Golden Rivers Football League’s top six teams could take another twist tomorrow at Murrabit.
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The second-placed Blues and sixth-placed Macorna will meet in a round 12 encounter that will have ramifications on the six sides battling for a finals berth.

Although two wins separate the sides, Murrabit holds a significant percentage advantage over their fellow Kerang district rivals.

The Blues overcame a determined Moulamein outfit last weekend to win by 47 points, whilst Macorna defeated Wandella by 16 points.

The Tigers have roared back into the finals equation with their win against the Bombers, with the return of coach, Wayne Mitrovic a key factor.

The utility will spend the day in the back half of the ground aiming to stop Murrabit coach, Nathan Henry from dominating.

Jordan Simpson will also assist in stopping Patrick Cummins and Brett McCombe, but the Tigers’ defensive options took a blow last weekend after captain, Liam Roberts suffered a broken jaw.

Brad and Matt Ladson will provide drive through the middle of the ground for the visitors, with Simon Morton and Bryden Morison to lead Murrabit’s key playmakers.

The ruck duel between Murrabit’s Andrew Spitty and Macorna’s Luke Spalding will be critical to the result, whilst Dylan Morison and Simon Ettershank will try to stop Brett O’Hanlon and Brett Collins from controlling proceedings in the visitors’ forward 50.

Murrabit won by 79 points when these sides met in round five, but a much closer result is certain tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Murrabit will hold on for a 12-point win.

Bombers’ big trip

IN the second of the weekend’s matches that feature must-win scenarios for both sides involved, competition leaders, Wandella travel to Hay in a critical match.

The Bombers went down to Macorna by 16 points last weekend, whilst the Lions remain one win off fourth spot following a 36-point victory at Quambatook.

Wandella will remain on top of the ladder if it wins its second consecutive game against the Lions, whilst the Lions will be two wins off fourth spot with Nullawil certain to defeat the winless Moulamein.

A Hay win will leave the side fifth with four rounds remaining, whilst the Bombers could drop as low as third if both Murrabit and Ultima win.

The Lions will be boosted with the return of ruckman Tim Hanna, who was one of Victoria Country’s best players in Sunday’s 44-point win against the Victorian Amateur Football Association in an under 19s representative match.

Hanna’s battle with Dylan McGrath, Brodey Farley and Ricky Cathie will be critical to the result, with Michael Dedini (Hay) and Daniel Baker (Wandella) to duel in the middle of the ground.

Hay coach, Simon Bunyan will take on the role of stopping Paul Grayling from dominating in front of the visitors’ goals, with Jackson Ferguson to duel with former Wandella coach, Blake Anderson.

Nick Farley will be given the role of stopping Hay forward, Ricki Waters, with Matt Wilkinson to go to fellow Lions spearhead, Taylor Williamson.

Wandella won by 72 points when these teams met in round five, but the margin will be much closer tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Wandella will win by 20 points.

Premiers to benefit

ULTIMA could benefit from the outcome of matches at Murrabit and Hay if the two-time reigning premiers defeat Quambatook tomorrow.

Level with the Blues and Wandella on eight wins this season, Jack O’Rourke’s men could be one step closer to securing the double chance.

Ultima will look to bounce back following last weekend’s 23-point loss to Nullawil, whilst Quambatook challenged Hay in its 36-point defeat.

The Saints have the capabilities to push the ‘Roos again tomorrow, like they did in their 16-point loss in round five in the first of the grand final re-matches slated for 2016, but will need things to go their way to produce an upset win.

The duel between Quambatook captain, Gregor Knight and Ultima playmaker, Jacob Schaper in the middle of the ground will be a highlight for those watching the encounter, whilst Ash Davis will take on Basil Althouse in the visitors’ forward line if the spearhead plays.

Luke Kelson will resume his battle with Saints forward, Ricky Jochinke, who is holding the mantle as the club’s key forward after James Lloyd suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before the school holiday bye, whilst Luke O’Toole will be prolific in rebounding the ball across Ultima’s half-back line if given the chance to.

PREDICTION: Ultima will win by 30 points.

Maroons’ run to continue

NULLAWIL will aim to add to its mid-season charge with a win against Moulamein tomorrow.

The Maroons sit fourth on the ladder thanks to victories in its past three games, and a win tomorrow against the eighth-placed Swans will provide the club with momentum before three consecutive games against sides in the top six.

Moulamein will look to end a 31-match losing streak, which will extend to two seasons worth of matches with a defeat tomorrow.

The Swans go into the match with added confidence following last weekend’s performance that saw the New South Wales-based team challenge Murrabit up to midway through the third quarter before going down by 47 points.

If Brendan Blackmore, Ben Booth and Austin Mertz play as well as they did last weekend tomorrow, the Maroons’ three-game winning streak could be in danger.

Tony Mudge will need to stop Kal Heslop from dominating in front of the home team’s goal, with Booth to go to Nullawil centre half-forward, Andrew Oberdorfer.

Mertz and Xavia Elford will take on Daniel Watts and Scott Mathiske in the midfield, with Jarrod Kemp the key to stopping Blackmore from roving goalkicking opportunities in the Swans’ forward line.

Nullawil holds a 15-match winning streak against the Swans, with the Maroons prevailing by 30 points back in round five.

PREDICTION: Nullawil will win by 50 points.

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Midnite Cafe getting back in the swing

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STAR POWER: Team Zircon members and Pokemon Go will help relaunch Dubbo’s Midnite Cafe on Saturday night. Photo: Contributed
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The relaunch of Dubbo’s Midnite Cafe on Saturday night is expected to draw star power in the form of Team Zircon members and Pokemon Go.

The cafe has been inrecess for four months to allow for the recruitment of more volunteers to run it.

Midnite Cafe volunteer and music director Jordan Smith has issued an open invitation to “come down, hang out, play card games, have coffee and listen to live music” from 6pm to midnight.

Everyone is welcome including families and youth aged 12 to 17.

“We’re trying to create that space where young people can come along and hang out,” Mr Smithsaid.

Dubbo City Youth Council has thrown its support behind Midnite Cafe where an art exhibition and live music is planned forSaturday night.

They won’t be the only drawcards.

Mr Smith said a “couple of the boys” from Team Zircon ofDubbo College Senior Campuswould also attend.

This month the team was awarded second place atthe World 4×4 Finalin Coventry, England.

Pokemon Go trainers should also bedropping lures.

“Anyone of any age can play Pokemon Go, which is awesome,” MrSmith said.

“They can come along, hook up to the free internet and play all night.”

Midnite Cafe is on the corner of Darling and Wingewarra streets, adjacent to Victoria Park.

Entry is free but donations willhelp pay forDubbo College Senior Campus student Natalie McMahon’s participation in the University of Singapore’s science summer camp.

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New cook book by Salvos

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TWO THUMBS UP: Major Cathryn Williamson’s new cook book ‘2 Thumbs Up ­ a dozen dozen brilliant biscuits’ is on sale now.
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Cowra Salvation Army Corps Officer, Major Cathryn Williamson has been busy in thekitchen, testing and trialling an array of biscuit recipes for the second instalment of her ‘2Thumbs Up’ recipe book.

Following the success of her first book, ‘2 Thumbs Up­ a dozen dozen sensational slices’,with almost 4000 copies sold since June 2015, Major Williamson is eager for the communityto see and try some of her favourite biscuit recipes in ‘2 Thumbs Up ­ a dozen dozen brilliantbiscuits’.

Cathryn is no stranger to baking, enteringand placingin a number of competitivecooking competitions at regional shows as well as the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2015where she was awarded second place for her collection of slices.

Cathryn found more success when she entered The Royal Easter Show once more in 2016when she placed first in Almond Bread, third in Chocolate Sponge and highly commended inslices.

Funds raised through the biscuit cookbook will go towards supporting The Salvation ArmyWomen’s Project for 2016, the Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery House whichsupports women at risk in Australia.

It will also contribute towards taking action for fouryoung women in Papua New Guinea to attend the Salvos Discipleship School.

When Major Williamson published her first book in 2015 which was going towards theSalvo’s Women’ Project for 2015, she had hoped to sell 100 copies.

Her goal was exceeded, having sold almost 4000 copies since June 2015 and raising morethan $15 000 to support the women’s projects.

Prior to Cowra, Major Williamson and her husband Captain Mark Williamson had beenappointed to Warwick, Queensland and Taree in NSW.

“Big things often have small beginnings… I’ve been able to form great connections here inCowra.”

Major Williamson hopes to release a third book, though cannot confirm when it will bereleased as she notes that her husband said “it might be time for a break”.

Cathryn’s father printedand boundthe books at cost, and MajorWilliamson and Captain Williamson having continuously stretched their shopping budget inorder to trial recipes.

“The next book will either be ‘Special Occasion Treats’ or ‘Cakes, Muffins and Loaves’”,Major Williamson said.

Copies of ‘2 Thumbs Up ­ a dozen dozen brilliant biscuits’ can be purchased for $10 and willbe available from the Cowra Salvation Army Family Store on Macquarie Street, RiversideMarketsin the Cowra Plaza.

Alternatively, contact Major Williamson at:[email protected]南京夜网 or 0419541092

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CMFNL – Eight-point game

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LEAD: Patrick Goble will be a key player for Koondrook/Barham tomorrow against Lake Boga, like he was when the sides met in round two.KOONDROOK/BARHAM – fresh after last weekend’s bye – will be one step closer to cementing a Central Murray Football Netball League top-three finish with a win tomorrow against Lake Boga.
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The Raiders are two wins clear of the improving Magpies, with the margin to increase to three victories with five rounds remaining if the border side prevails.

Neil Bradley’s men still have to observe one more bye before the end of the home and away season, whilst Lake Boga play each weekend through to August 20 – giving the Magpies incentive to win and potentially claim a qualifying final spot.

Both sides go into tomorrow’s match with wins in their past games. The Magpies defeated Tyntynder by 89 points last weekend, whilst the Raiders restricted Balranald to two goals in their 151-point win in round 11.

Lake Boga kicked 25 goals in last weekend’s win, with midfielders Raven Marika, Lochlan Dhurrkay and Ralph Dhamarrandji leading the way.

The trio will not get as much freedom tomorrow, with Tom Lamb, Jake Hare and Patrick Goble able to control proceedings when needed.

Blake Chant and Matthew Dean will work together in the Raiders’ back line to prevent Oliver Rohde and Cliff Ryan from scoring, whilst Jay Reynolds and Max Baldissera will be pivotal in the visitors’ forward line against Nathan Cunning and Matt Gadsden.

Koondrook/Barham has won its past two games against the Magpies, including a 13-point win at home in round two. A similar result will occur tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Koondrook/Barham will win by 20 points.

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Wollongong job industries of the future taking shape

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Sydneysiders Nicholas Muldoon and Dave Elkan have moved their lives to the Illawarra and established their software company Arijea at the Innovation Campus. Picture: Adam McLean.As the University of Wollongong’s new business incubator – the iAccelerate building – hums to life, emerging companies within it are mapping out new industries and a much-needed entrepreneurial optimism in a region where jobs are in flux. KATE McILWAIN reports.
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Being a shrewd businesswoman amid the peace, love and mungbeans mentality of the yoga community has sometimes made Deb Young feel a little out of place.

And being a yoga teacher trying to make it in thejargon-heavy environment of tech start-ups has also seemed incongruous.

But, over the past few months, the Wollongong mum has straddled both worlds, creating an online studio to run alongside the physical one, Younga Yoga, which she and husband Russ have run in the city for the past 10 years.

The Youngs’ Online Yoga Studio isoneof the eclecticburgeoning businesses that have joined the University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate program and moved into the high-tech $18.5 million building at the Innovation Campus, which is due to open this week.

The iAccelerate building at the Wollongong Innovation Campus. Photo: Greg Ellis

The couple joined the futuristic sounding “start-up incubator” about a year ago, when they were thinking about creating online courses for Younga Yoga’s pregnant customers who couldn’t always get in to the physical studio.

“In the last few months, we have –in start-up speak –pivoted, so we’ve now changed our idea from just focusing on women during pregnancy to a much broader market,” Deb says.

Wollongong yogi Debra Young has branched out into the world of tech start-ups, founding The Online Yoga Studio with her husband Russ at iAccelerate. Photo: Matt Ethersby

Tapping in to trends for online learning, the popularity of yoga and the societal pressures of busy family life and shifting working hours, the online studio uses recorded yoga sessions andlive streamingto reach customers around the world.

Recently, the couple ran a shortpaid online course, where 140 participants –from Wollongong, Australia and overseas –signed up to learn how to use yoga to help them sleep, focus and relax.

And while Deb says she was initially skeptical that the online classes could be as “authentic” as those run in the studio, the use of technology has allowed people to connect and “open up” in different ways.

She hopes her own leap from a traditional bricks-and-mortar Wollongong business to a broader reaching online one might inspire othersto approach iAccelerate, even if they don’t quite fit in the entrepreneurial, start-up world.

“In the yoga industry, it’s not the norm for yogis to be outwardly business-minded, so for us it’s been so great to be surrounded by other people who are excited about business and having an idea,” she says.

“We’re not tech, we’re not male, we don’t have some amazing intellectual property. We’re really just leveraging the technology that’s emerging to continue to do what we love and do it in a new way.Sometimes you feel like a square peg in a round hole, but you feel a lot of encouragement to take your idea and make it successful.”

In contrast, Nicholas Muldoon and Dave Elkan areexactly the type of people you’d expect to find at a start-up.Young guns who wear caps and sneakers to work, they worked in San Francisco for the Australian-founded multi-nationalsoftware company Atlassian.

Both from northern Sydney originally, the men decided to move to the Illawarra from San Francisco as they were keen to raise their kids inregional Australiaand saw potential in running a tech business in a university town.

It was only after settling in Wollongong that theystumbled on iAccelerate and decided touse the program to start their business, Arijea.

Sydneysiders Nicholas Muldoon and Dave Elkan. Photo: Adam McLean

The company builds software add-ons for Atlassian products, and in a few short months has garnered customers across theAustralian, US and Europeanfinance, insurance, media, environment and technology sectors.

“Our flagship product is a tool that software engineering teams to use to understand their customers better, they use it to plan what they are going to deliver to their customers and execute against that plan,” Nick says.

And while he rightly claims most people won’t really know what this means –“My experience so far is that no one in the Illawarra has any idea what we do”–both men are excited about their future in the region.

“I just want people to know that there’s so much opportunity, it doesn’t have to be technology, for entrepreneurs in the Illawarra,” Nick says.

Asked if he’ll stick aroundonce Arijea “graduates” from being aniAccelerate start-up, Nick is clear: “F— yeah! We’re lifers.”

“If we look forward 20 years, we want our children to be able to have jobs,” he says.

Me3D founder Matt Connelly with his simple 3D printer, which can be used to teach kids as young as six about the technology. Photo: Adam McLean.

“Steelmaking and industry in the Illawarra is slowing down, and that will decrease again over time–and maybe software and technology won’t be any different.

‘’So we want to build a community in the Illawarra that is focused on entrepreneurship and constantly looking to the next thing, so that when our children are looking for a job, there are internships and opportunities for them.”

This infectious optimism–unusual in a town used to hearing more about redundancies than new industries -is also evident in the ethos of3D printing company, Me3D.Founded by mechanical engineerMatt Connelly,economist Leanne Connelly and Fletcher Thompson, the education-focused manufacturing businessis one of the most advanced withiniAccelerate.

In two years, Me3Dhas sold hundreds of printers to more than 80 schools and libraries.

“Think of it like a hot glue gun on a robotic arm,” Leanne says.“BasicallyMatt had his first 3D printer about six years ago, and the first thing he said was‘why is this so expensive, it’s really simple?’.

‘’So we decided to design our own printer that was easy to use and for kids, because they’re the ones that are going to be using this every day in their work lives in a couple of years time.”

Six-month-old Logan joins his mum, Me3D founder Leanne Connelly, at work in the new iAccelerate building – which houses an eclectic mix of start-up companies at UOW’s Innovation Campus.

She said 3D printing was already used in about a third of engineering jobs, and would become much more prevalent in the very near future across many industries.

A former BlueScope manager who is well aware of the need for the Illawarra to shift from more traditionalindustries,Leanne has relished working in the“agile” world of iAccelerate (which even allows her to be atwork with six-month-old Logan).

“Wollongong is full of highly skilled, experienced people that have never really thought outside of the steel and coal industries but who, like me, have very transferable skills.

‘’There’s no reason why it can’t be a hub to Sydney–we’ve got infrastructure, a university pumping out graduates and we’re 200 metres from the beach!We need to start to looking at other things we can do here.”

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Wild winter days

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BLOWN AWAY: Fencing at the front of the Normanville Surf Lifesaving Club was damaged in the wild weather this week. Photo: nEverest Photography.
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RELATED: The Times’rolling coverage of the wild weather this week.

REGION –The Fleurieu Peninsula copped a lashing over the last five days, with extreme weather causing chaos across the region.

More than 2000 calls for assistance were made across the state to the SES since Saturday, mostly from metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

On Monday alone, the SES responded to more than 400 callouts between 3am and 3pm, with a majority of those in the Mount Lofty Ranges and on the Fleurieu.

Tuesday was one of the busiest days for the SES in its history, with crews attending over 1080 jobs, including 133 in the Hills Fleurieu region.

SES chief officer Chris Beattie said of the2000 calls for assistance from across the state, most werefrom around the greater metropolitan Adelaide area and to its north, in the foothills surrounding to the east, and down the Fleurieu Peninsula.

About 80 per cent of the calls were related to trees down, withwind damage to properties, roofs, fence lines, and sheds also on the list.

“The weather conditions that we’ve seen are not unprecedented for South Australia but they are extraordinary.It’s been some years since we’ve had an event of this nature,” he said.

He said there was a significant increase ofmotor vehicle accidents, primarily related to the icy and slippery conditions on the roads.

According to Bureau of Meteorology statistics, the strongest wind gust was at Hindmarsh Island just before 4am on Tuesday, when a 109km/h gust was recorded.

Another gust of 104km/h hit Strathalbynjust before 7am on Monday.

Hail was experienced at a number of places across the Fleurieu Peninsula, and thousands of people were left without power, including hundreds at Finniss, Tooperang, and Strathalbyn who didn’t have electricity for up to 36 hours.

Two boats broke loose from their moorings at Granite Island on Sunday, and the Victor Harbor and Goolwa Sea Rescue Squadron was called in to tow them.

Victor Harbor and Goolwa Sea Rescue Squadron deputy leader Don Rumbelow said the squadron was first called out around 12.30pm, and an hour later they were required again.

“We towed them off the rocks at Granite Island. We got one in to the beach at the (Victor Harbor) yacht club, and we got the other one halfway and it sank, off the memorial gardens,” hesaid.

Emergency services ministerPeter Malinauskas praised the efforts of 1700 SES and more than 500 CFS volunteers, plusMFS personnel, who helped with clean-up efforts across the state, and the SA Power Networks crews who had worked in the extreme weather.”As a government we’re certainly very grateful for all the hard work they do.”

SA Health acting chief medical officer Dr Nicola Spurrierreminded peopleto look out for elderly or vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours during the coldweather.

“We often hear of people – particularly the elderly – reluctant to use their heating during colder weather because of the costs involved, but it is important to keep the body warm to stay healthy,” Dr Spurrier said.

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Games on for Parkes, Dubbo

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The match between Parkes and Dubbo that was originally meant to be played last Sunday will go ahead this Sunday in all four grades.It took some negotiating and compromise but the Parkes Spacemen’sclash with Dubbo Macquariehas been rescheduled and will go aheadthis Sunday.
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The match was originally meant to be played last Sunday but the rain leading up to the match left Parkes’ Pioneer Oval in a state unfit for play.

Group 11 then left the decision of a rematch up to the clubs and both agreedon Tuesdaynightthis Sundaywas the only time to play it, with the date originally meant to be a general bye for all sides.

Spacemen captain-coach Dennis Moran said the two clubs had no choice but to take advantage of this weekend’sbye if they had any hope of playing one another.

“We’ve just got to do it, so we’re preparing ourselves,” Moran said.

“Dubbo has been dominating the competition but you go out to win no matter who they are.

“We’re pretty focused and looking forward to it.”

Moran is still crunching numbers as to who will be available this Sunday, with a few players out for the game.

But one thing is for sure, Moran will be joining his boyson home turf.

“I look forward to running on and starting…it’s going to be just like a normal home game,” he said.

Macquarie president Mark Meredith said all the indications he got was that Group 11 wanted the match to go ahead and he was left pleased with the outcome, as his side is chasing a top three spot.

“I spoke to (first grade coach) Steve McLellan and (reserve grade coach) Adam McDermott and they were happy to play it and we came to a compromise with Parkes,” he said.

“There’s a few unavailable from both sides so that’s why I put forwardSaturdaybut we’d both be missing a few juniors with rep footy.

“But we would rather play the games than not play them.”

All four grades will be playedon Sunday.

There is plenty to play for in first grade with Parkes sitting fourth and Macquarie fifth.

Macquarie are two points behind the Spacemen, who are equal on points with the Nyngan Tigers, who will also be playing a catch-up match against CYMS this weekend.

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Blueberry rust eradicated from the state

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RESTRICTIONS LIFTED: Biosecurity Tasmania officials inspect contaminated blueberry plants at a property in the North-West in 2015. Picture: file.
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Restrictions on sales and trades of blueberry plants have been lifted between Victoria and Tasmania after disease was successfully eradicated in the state.

Acting Primary Industries Minister Premier Will Hodgman announced the restrictions lift on Thursday.

“Tasmanian blueberry growers can resume unrestricted trade with their largest interstate market following the success of Biosecurity Tasmania’s blueberry rust eradication program,” Mr Hodgman said.

As a result,blueberryrustrelated restrictions between Tasmania and Victoria have been lifted. Western Australia, though a smaller market, is still considering the area freedom claim.Blueberry rust was first detected in Tasmania in 2014 in a consignment of blueberry plants imported from Victoria.

“The decision to remove and destroyblueberryplants was not taken lightly, however it was a decision made in the best interests of all involved in the industry, and clearly it has worked,” Mr Hodgman said.

As a result of the eradication program, about 130 public reports have been investigated, more than 100,000 plants have been inspected and 54 properties have been cleared.

Fruit Growers Tasmania business development manager Phil Pyke praised the work of Biosecurity Tasmania in their efforts to eradicate the biosecurity threat.He said the feedback from members had been overwhelmingly positive.

“They are all very happy in the commercial sense, with the response, management and ongoing work of Biosecurity Tasmania,” he said.

Mr Pyke also praised the members of the public in their capacity to report suspicious plants.No commercial blueberry grower was found to be contaminated.

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