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Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club celebrates 2015/16

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The Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club celebrated the 2015/16 season at its new club room.
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Daniel Binotto was awarded the Barrie Smith Life Saver of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to the club in many facets; as a patrol captain, IRB driver, assisting with nipper program’s water safety at Sunday sessions and carnivals, assisting at club functions and assisting with getting the new club house ready by spending hours painting.

His patrol also took out patrol of the year, a stellar year for Binotto.

Nipper of the Year was awarded as a dual award to under 14 nippers Jessica Jackson and Thomas Fleming for their contribution to the club since starting as under seven nippers, which included attendance at nippers, carnivals and competition at a local, state and national level, achievements, leadership camps attended, assisting at club events and future aspirations relating to surf lifesaving.

Most reliable patrol person was awarded to Beau Wisley for his dedication to patrolling the beach, spending many hours assisting his patrol and other patrols.

Club person of the year Glen Boulton and Gippstar volunteer of the year Stevie Madeley were awarded for outstanding contributions to the club.

State championships medallists were also recognised.

This included the under 23 senior boat crew of Stuart Mawley, Nic Dippolito, Simon Jackson, Tom Warry, Harry Sloan, surf skiers Angus Mason for the under 19s and Josh Jones for the under 17s, and Jessica Jackson for the under 14 and 15 beach flags.

Masters Neil Lazzaro, Carl Turner, Rod Centra, Ernie Ronchi, Mat Fleming, Stuart Mawley, James Brown,Billy Noble, Michael Kent and Bruce Johnston, were recognised, as well as youth members who competed strongly at the Australian titles Angus Mason, Josh Jones, Ari Fleming and Jessica Jackson.

Club Champion of Champions were Josh Jones and Amy Fleming in the open category, Josh Jones and Samantha Binotto in the under 17s, and Ella Ronchi and Ari Fleming in the under 15s.

Iron person champions were (open) Josh Jones, (under 17) Sam Binotto and Josh Jones, and (under 15) Ella Ronchi and Ari Fleming.

Open event winners were Alyssa Currie and Ari Fleming in the beach sprint, Jessica Jackson and Zac Elliman in the beach flags, Josh Jones and Grace Ronchi for the board, Anita Wright and Graeme Duffell for the swim, Ernie Ronchi and Amy Fleming for the ski.

Awards were also presented to members who completed their Silver medallions, Training Officer Certificates, IRB drivers and crew awards, Bronze medallions and Surf Rescue Certificates and were thanked for their contributions to patrols throughout the 2015/16 season.

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Tropical Bush Blitz for Yarram schoolteacher

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The Bush Blitz crew spent a morning digging out and removing a 72 metre long length of shipping rope found inthe sand Dr Barbara Baehr and Shellie Cashmore look for spitting spiders on marine debris on a remote island
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AS a marine biology student, Shellie Cashmore dreamed of being part of a research team on a remote tropical island.

The Yarram Secondary School science teacher, a former marine scientist, achieved her dream last month when the Bush Blitz team undertook a clean-up and biodiscovery voyage to the Coral Sea.

After previously missing out on an expedition on a Northern Territory station, when the Bush Blitz team contacted Shellie about this trip, she leapt at the opportunity.

“It was amazing; being in the field was always a fun thing that I liked, and getting to work with people who are passionate about their work and sharing discoveries with people is an amazing thing to be a part of,” she said.

By joining the Bush Blitz team, Shellie became part of Australia’s largest nature discovery project, which surveys plants and animals across Australia, aiming to protect biodiversity for generations to come.

The Coral Sea expedition began on June 13, and after a few days delayed on Hamilton Island because of poor weather, 27 hours in two metre swells, 40kmh winds and several bouts of sea sickness, Shellie and the Bush Blitz team reached the first of four remote islands in the coral sea.

The cohort was split into a biodiversity team to document plants and marine life, and a marine debris clean up team charged with retrieving more than two tonnes of micro plastics from the ocean and cataloguing the waste.

Shellie, one of two teachers on the expedition, was chosen to work closely with the biodiversity scientists as part of professional development and to learn about sampling techniques, so that she would be able to relay the information back to her students.

“Before we left, we set up lesson plans on the Bush Blitz site, and while we were away, the students were accessing the lesson plans, participating in the classroom, following along with the blog and we had a couple of times where we could use Skype to talk to the kids along with the scientists,” Shellie said.

The collection of islands, about 450km off the coast of Cairns and close to the edge of the continental shelf, are in near pristine condition, boasting biodiversity seldom seen by humans.

The undisturbed islands provide a haven for seabirds to successfully breed, with the team finding several important nesting grounds.

“The bird life was just spectacular, they were all in different stages of nesting; they definitely were a highlight for me,” Shellie said.

“On one of the islands we found some geckos, and it was the first time a land-living reptile has been recorded on the Coral Sea Islands.”

The female-only gecko species population was just one of many exciting biological discoveries recorded during the expedition, along with what are believed to be a new species of spider and a previously unseen type of soft coral.

Back on the mainland, with months of detailed identification work ahead, the attending scientists cannot currently confidently confirm which species they have collected, whether they are species new to science, or just unique to the Coral Sea.

Shellie is planning to integrate what she learnt from the scientists back into the classroom.

“We’re going to look at going and doing a Bush Blitz ourselves somewhere, maybe Port Welshpool, and completing a survey,” she said.

“I think it’s important that the kids understand that absolutely every insect, animal and plant has a place within the environment they’re all important and we need to look out for all of them,”

“I think it’s too easy for people to squash the spiders and kill the snakes because they’re encroaching on a home, whereas if you look at the bigger picture, you can see that they’re all very important.”

Shellie hopes that her work in biodiversity will inspire some of her students to consider careers in the field.

“Kids, especially little kids, love looking for insects and animals,” she said.

“These scientists are doing exactly what the kids love to do, but they’re getting paid for it, so it’s important for the kids to see there’s jobs out there that they can do that they will actually love.”

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Can’t take anything for granted: Armitage

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Represent: Isaac Kinscher will be keen for a big game on Saturday while his brother Eli will miss the match. Photo: BROOK KELLEHEAR-SMITHThe last few weeks have been far from ideal for the Dubbo Kangaroos but coach Dan Armitage feels the side is finally starting to play the way he wants.
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The Roos’ clash with Bathurst was washed out last week and the weekend prior to that was the Dubbo side’s bye.

The last time the side ran out was late June when they beat the previously undefeated Orange Emus, but that match had its own drama with it being switched location on the Friday.

This Saturday the Roos head to Narromine for a clash with local foes, the Gorillas.

“You’ve just got to keep your mind on the next job but it does break things up a bit,” Armitage said of his side’s preparation, before speaking about the Gorillas.

“These derbies are always tough and it’s always going to be a hard game.

“You can’t take these teamslightly, especially at Narromine for a Dubbo team. For them, they’re a smaller town and are always the underdog and are always keen to knock Dubbo off.”

The disrupted preparation hasn’t been the biggest thing affecting the Roos’ momentum, according to the coach.

The biggest issue for him is that he has been unable to put the same 15 players on the pitch regularly.

“The hard part is that guys have work commitments and every single week we have blokes away and that takes away some momentum,” he said.

“It makes it tough but as I’ve said we’re a work in progress and at the back end of the season is when you want to be hitting your straps and hopefully that’s happening for us.”

Player availability will again be a problem on Saturday with standout Eli Kinscher, who has been inspirational at flanker this season, set to miss out, but the side is expected to feature captain and star playerFilisione Pauta regularly now that the representative season has come to a close.

The Roos currently sit fourth on the ladder but do have a game in hand on the majority of the competition following last week’s washout.

A final decision on a possible rematch between the Roos and Bulldogs or sharing of the points has yet to be made but a win on Saturday will keep the Dubbo side in the hunt for a top three finish.

The Roos will be favoured to beat the Gorillas, who have only won three times this season, but Armitage doesn’t expect it to be easy at all.

“That’s important but we have a focus that we don’t see any team different,” Armitage said.

“We’ve got to stick to our processes and if we do then we’ll get the result.”

The Gorillas have plenty of motivation as they are coming off a mammoth 78-0 loss to the Orange Emus.

The first grade action at Narromine’s Cale Oval kicks off at 3.15pm.

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Winter weather slows Russian wheat aphid

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SARDI entomologist Michael Nash, GRDC southern manager grower services Craig Ruchs and SARDI entomologists Greg Baker and Latif Salehi at a Russian wheat aphid information session at Roseworthy.Grain growers in Victoria and South Australia are being encouraged to hold off spraying crops infested with the newly introduced Russian wheat aphid (RWA) unless aphid populations and crop damage warrant such action.
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RWA numbers have been relatively low in the majority of infested paddocks in both states to date and recent heavy rainfall events have curtailed infestation levels and activity.

Greg Baker from the South Australian Research and Development Institute – whose research into RWA is valued by the Grains Research and Development Corporation –said it was important that growers refrained from spraying crops unnecessarily.

“Population levels are substantially below the preliminary economic thresholds on most properties,” he said.

“Occasionally we are seeing paddocks where that is not the case, but those are the exceptions.”

Growers have been advised to follow international advice which supports an economic threshold of 20 per cent of plants infested up to the start of tillering and 10pcof plants infested thereafter.

These thresholds have yet to be validated under Australian conditions.

Dr Paul Umina from cesar (a Victorian-based scientific research organisation) saidthat in the majority of infested paddocks in Victoria, aphid numbers were reportedly low and spraying was therefore unlikely to be warranted.

Growers were being discouraged from spraying, unless deemed necessary, because: sprays provide no meaningful residual control; insecticides may reduce numbers of predators and other beneficials potentially resulting in a spike in numbers of RWA (and other insect pests) as temperatures increase; and spraying can also foster resistance development.

Dr Umina said although RWA was not posing a high risk to crops at the moment, it was important for growers to remain vigilant and advise authorities of suspected infestations.

Growers and agronomists are asked to take an image of the pest and its damage and to report any suspected new infestations by phoning the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 so that the range and rate of spread of the pest can be monitored. Samples of the aphids might be requested for identification.

Since being detected for the first time in Australia on a property near Tarlee in May, RWA has now been confirmed in a number of SA and Victorian cropping regions.

The pest is considered notifiable in all other states and territories.

Its presence has been confirmed on SA’s eastern Eyre Peninsula and the Yorke Peninsula, in the Upper, Mid and Lower North, Murraylands, Mallee and Upper South-East, as well as in Victoria’s Wimmera, Mallee, Central and Northern Country districts.

Entomologists have also received several unconfirmed reports that indicate the distribution of RWA may be wider than this.

A current map of the confirmed distribution of RWA in Australia is available here.

A RWA National Technical Group, comprising experts from across the country, has been set up by Plant Health Australia (PHA) as part of the National Management Plan, which will identify immediate control options and needs as well as longer term research, development and extension requirements.

Meanwhile, the GRDC is continuing to encourage southern region grain growers to adopt a simple four-point plan in dealing with RWA.

GRDC southern manager grower servicesCraig Ruchssaidthe “FITE” strategy revolves around four basic principles:

Find (look for characteristic leaf streaking or rolling symptoms on cereal crops and grasses)Identify (positively identify RWA in consultation with an industry specialist)Threshold approach (consider international thresholds for control, factoring crop growth stage, yield potential and potential yield losses)Enact an appropriate management strategy that where possible encourages beneficial insects and protects honeybees.“The GRDC will be making a significant investment in a range of research, development and extension activities that will enable development of an integrated management approach and fill the gaps in current understanding of pest biology, population dynamics and specific control options,” Mr Ruchs said.

“Entomologists and other industry experts will closely monitor the RWA situation over the coming months to develop an improved understanding of how this pest behaves, its impact and suitable approaches to management under Australian environmental conditions and cropping systems.”

Trials are already under way to compare insecticide treatments in barley and wheat – the two crops most affected by RWA.

The GRDC has produced an extensive Paddock Practices resource on RWA to inform grain growers’ management strategies. It is available on the GRDC website.

More information and links to relevant resources are available at Plant Health Australia: 梧桐夜网planthealthaustralia南京夜网419论坛/russian-wheat-aphid-management.

A GRDC Radio Southern Update interview with Craig Ruchs is also available to listen to.

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Play in a day

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PLANNING for two Newcastle short play events, Newcastle Theatre Company’s Play in a Day and the Micro Theatre Festival, is underway.
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NTC will stage its seventh annual Play in a Day at its Lambton theatre on Saturday, August 6, with writers, directors and actors meeting the night before to begin putting together the plays, which will be rehearsed in the hours leading to the 8pm public performance.

The Micro Theatre Festival team, led by Kate Dun, has announced the 12 plays that will be performed in three intimate Newcastle CBD venues, The Press Coffee House, Curve Gallery, and Vinyl Café, on the week of August 23 to 27. Each will have a program of four plays.

The 12 short works were chosen from 25 submitted for the Micro fest. Several people who have had extensive involvement in theatre read the plays, without knowledge of who wrote them, and submitted score sheets to the organizing team.

The plays are: A Good Egg, by Mark Konic; Digested, by Karen Eastwood; Free Fall, by Carl Caulfield; Happiness, by Kirby Medway; Incoming, by Tracey Dwyer and Kylie Farrugia; Portrait of a Writer, by Danielle Asquith; Special Places, by Alex Giles; Starcrossed, by Tracey Dwyer and Kylie Farrugia; The Jo-Joe Twins, by Debra Hely; The Papyrus Virus, by Peter Oliver; Worse Things Happen, by Tristram Baumber; Youthinasia, by Simon Tonkin.

A team of directors is now casting the plays, and the venues for each will be announced soon.

Kate Dun was involved in the staging of Newcastle’s Short+Sweet festivals, which ended in 2012 when Newcastle City ended its financial support.

She put together the inaugural Micro Theatre Festival last year, with the support of other people who had been involved in the S+S events.

More plays were submitted for this year’s event, a reflection of the success of the 2015 festival. The chosen plays are a mix of comedy, drama, political satire, black humour, and a thriller.

Kate Dun said that the scores were close and in some cases it was only a matter of one point between a play being in or out of the top 12.

The festival is also a competition with the categories of best new script, best production (for previously performed or reworked scripts), best actor and best improvisation. Sponsorship this year from the Port of Newcastle means that writers, directors, and actors will share in prize money.

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Play in a Day is a format that has been a success for Newcastle Theatre Company for the past six years. It was one of Australia’s first companies to stage plays written, cast and rehearsed in 24 hours, after the format became a hit in the United States.

Director Amy Hill is putting together this year’s program, which is expected to include up to six short plays developed in the 24-hour period.

Writers, directors and actors will meet at NTC’s theatre in De Vitre Street, Lambton, on Friday, August 5, at 8pm, to discuss the event, with the number of actors influencing the writers’ works.

Writers will put together the plays that night, with directors returning on the Saturday, August 6, morning to cast and begin rehearsing the plays. The public performance will be at 8pm.

Amy Hill is seeking writers, actors and directors and others who would like to be involved (for example, in costuming or make-up).

To put you name down, or get more information, email [email protected]南京夜网 or phone NTC, 4952 4958, between 3pm and 6pm weekdays. Applications close on August 1.