May, 2019

Growing farm costs on agenda

CHANGE-UP: Parilla farmer Wade Dabinett will be the new chairman of Grain Producers SA from August 10, taking the helm from inaugural chairman Garry Hansen.CHANGES are afoot atGrainProducers SA, with young Parilla farmer Wade Dabinett to soon take the helm from chairman Garry Hansen.
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Despite not having previous chairman experience, Mr Dabinett has been vice-chairman for two years and saidMr Hansen had given him great guidance.

“Garry is staying on as a director, so he willstill be there as a support, along with the rest of the extensive experience on the board and across the organisation,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity to have the next generation help steer the group.”

Mr Dabinett aimed to build on themany achievements of Mr Hansen and the board.

“Thereareso many ongoing issues that theboard has to address, such as growing red and green tape,” he said.

“Weneed to better promote theindustry as a number one choice for employment, aheadof mining and construction, and get media to stop portraying farmers as an old bloke in overalls driving a Massey Ferguson towing a combine.

“Our image needs tobe a reflection of themodern andprofessional industry that we are.”

Mr Dabinett saidincreasing supply chain and production costs were also on the agenda.

“GPSA is all about post-farmgate advocacy andthings need to change withthe cost of production and supply chain costs, but there isno silver bullet,” he said.

“As an industry, we need to keep chipping away and hope that one day we can bust through the burdens of red tape, regulationsand rising supply chaincosts.”

Mr Dabinett also hopes to address the“missing generation” in advocacy–30-40 year-old farmers–and the lack of female representation in industry organisations.

“Women are a major part ofmost farm businesses, yet are not as prominentas they should be in advocacy,”he said.“Are we as an industry not making it attractiveenough? That’s something weneed to reflect on.”

Out-going GPSA chairman Garry Hansen believes he is leaving the organisation in capable hands with Mr Dabinett.

Mr Hansen, aCoomandook grain and livestock producer,was the inaugural chairman of the organisation, which was established inDecember 2011 to takeontheworkoftheformerSAFarmersFederationGrainsCouncil.

In his time at the helm, MrHansensaidthe organisation had a numberof successes,including upgrading wheat classifications, identifying transport hotspots, representinggrowersinnegotiationsonlong‐termportaccessagreements, creatingsub-committeesto allow growerinvolvement in policy creation and modernising theSAGrainIndustryTrust.

“One of my priorities was to re-establish the relationship between SAGIT and GPSA, which had broken down,” he said.

“It wasimportant the two organisations were fully-functioning and workedtogether to kick industry goals.”

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Bulga residents take the fight to Sydney in last bid to save their village

Bulga mine protest comes to the city. 7 August 2016. Photos: Han Nguyen Story: Han Nguyen Photo: Han NguyenTwo hundred people from 40 communities across NSW have gathered in the heart of Sydney to establish a “New Bulga”, a temporary village to symbolise the loss of the community to the impacts of coal mining.
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After fighting the proposed Rio Tinto Warkworth coal mine expansion for more than six years, the residents of Bulga have exhausted all legal options to stop the project.

AnneMareeMcLaughlin from Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association said life would be unbearable for whoever is left in the village and has called for Planning Minister Rob Stokes and the Baird government to “restore the rights of local communities to appeal the merits coal mines approvals in court” in a last bid to save Bulga.

“We are sick of the wilful ignorance of the government regarding the destructive impacts from the mining and coal extraction,” Ms McLaughlin said.”We are heart sick and physically sick from years of trying to protect our homes, our heritage, water and the land.”

Section of Rio Tinto’s Warkworth sediment dam that gave way during the early January big rains. Photo: John Krey, via Newcastle Herald

Ms McLaughlin said the government and mining industry should be held accountable for any harmcaused by the mine expansion.

Bulga residents ceremoniously declared the land behind state parliament to be ‘New Bulga’, digging into the ground at The Domain saying the current and existing village of Bulga is becoming “unliveable”.

The proposed Rio Tinto Warkworth coal mine expansion has been the subject of a long-running battle between the mining giant and the Bulga community. Locals have been firm in their stance against the impact on the area’s heritage, including Saddle Ridge, the Warkworth Sands Woodlands, and convict-built Wallaby Scrub Road.

The Planning Assessment Commission approved the expansion in November 2015, which will see the life of the mine extended by more than 20 years.

Residents withdrew their appeal in the Land and Environment court in May, after being advised a challenge to protect the Warkworth Sands Woodland would not succeed.

The “New Bulga”community will move to Martin Place on Monday where community representatives will also meet with the Minister for Environment and Heritage’s office.

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I know nothing… recalling Schultz

War Stories: Colonel Hogan and Sergeant Schultz from the TV show Hogan’s Heroes.Reading reports in the Herald about the royal commission’s probe into child sexual abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese has made Topics feel sick to the stomach.
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The reports about top brass in the clergy knowing nothing and not recalling crucial events were shocking to say the least.

“I Can’t Recall,” the Herald’s headline said last Friday, preceded by “I Knew Nothing” the day prior.

This is serious stuff, no doubt. But this amnesia has an almost absurdcomic aspect to it.

This is why the headlines made Topics immediately think of Sergeant Schultz.Anyone who watched the TV show Hogan’s Heroes would remember Schultz – the portly prisoner-of-war camp guard at Stalag 13.

John Banner played the big-hearted Schultz in the show, which ran from 1965 to 1971.

Afraid of being entangled in trouble, Schultz often turned a blind eye to the prisoner’s tricky transgressions.

Plus, he was easily bribed with chocolate or some other tasty treat.

“I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!,” Schultz would declare.

Strangely enough, the actor [born Johann Banner] was not a Nazi but a Jew.He lost family members in the Holocaust.And he was actually a sergeant in World War II, but he served with the Allies in the US Army.

But surely the most fascinating story about the characters of Hogan’s Heroes was the life [and death] of Bob Crane, who played Colonel Robert E. Hogan.

Crane had a passion for pornography, making many kinkyvideos –with himself as the star.

The 49-year-oldwas murdered in 1978 in an apartment in Arizona. Hewas bashed to death with a camera tripod. The homicide was never solved.

Hockey HistoryThe Hockeyroos, Australia’s female hockey team, went down 2-1 to the old enemy – Great Britain – at the Olympics at the weekend.

Australia’s Mariah Williams playing Great Britain at the Olympics.

Fiftyyears ago on Wednesday though, a Newcastle representative team had better luck against a Great Britain side.

The team defeated the Brits 1-0 in a match at Harker Memorial Oval at New Lambton.

“In a brilliant defensive display, the home side smashed repeated attacks by the powerful Great Britain forward line to save the match,”it wasreported at the time.

Newcastle was the only team to beat the tourists on their 22-match tour, apart from their three losses to Australia in a six-match testseries.

A reunion lunch to remember the occasion will be held on Wednesday at Wickham Park Hotel.Bob Stuart, who played in the match, said seven members of the team would attend, but four had passed away.

Bob, 78, recalled the team being thrilled to play the match.

“We knew it would be a difficult challenge,” he said.

A Newcastle rep side beat Great Britain in hockey in 1966.

The match was played in rain, wind and mud.“It was a fiercely played game in difficult conditions. The ground wasn’t ideal for field hockey, but it was a great win.”

Bob said three members of the team were “sporting legends”. This trio had sadly passed away.

Paul Dearing was a three-time Olympian, Barry Arms a twice Australian beach sprint champion and his brother Brian Arms a twice Australian beach relay champion.“Paul and Barry were the fittest human beings I’ve ever known,” Bob said.

Pricey PlumbersTopics reported last Thursday that a reader was a tad annoyed that a plumber charged $500 for a half-hour job.

On Saturday, reader John said the stinky nature of the job and overheads should be considered beforejudging whether a rate of $1000 an hour was reasonable.

Reader Mark Maguire added this:“I recently had some dental work done.The dentist (plus his assistant) took three X-rays, did a little grinding, then cleaned and polished my teeth.

“This took about 30 minutes, maybe a little longer.He charged me $190. I actually said to the receptionist: “That is very reasonable.

“If a plumber had done this, I’d say it would have cost me at least $600!”

Mark’s moral of the story:“Thank god plumbers are not clever enough to be dentists or we’d all have no teeth!”

Panthers women into finals

INTO FINALS Centre Ella Tofaeono scored against the Spiders. Picture: Noel Rowsell (梧桐夜网photoexcellence南京夜网419论坛)The Penrith Panthers Youth League Women’s team has advanced to the 2016 Waratah Youth League finals, following a hard-fought win over the Hornsby Spiders.
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The Panthers came away 73-70 winnerson Saturday morning (August 6)at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre.

The Panthers were dominant early in the elimination quarter final, out-playing the Spiders and building a handy buffer.

That advantage would not last, with the Spiders eventually settling into the game and beginning a determined fightback.

Panthers guard Binta Salawu was a non-stop whirlwind during the second term, giving the Panthers plenty of energy as they held the Spiders at bay.

Salawu is one of two Penrith players in the NSW Combined All-Schools team and left the quarter final at half time, due to training commitments with the school team.

Penrith’s momentum slowed during the second half, with turnovers giving the Spiders far too many opportunities to continue bridging the gap in the scores.

The final quarter was nerve-wracking for Penrith fans, with the Spiders gaining in confidence every minute and looking the stronger team in the closing stages.

Timely baskets however allowed the Panthers to maintain their slim advantage, with the local team falling over the line for the three point win and a semi-final berth.

Emily Potts led the Panthers with 20 points, ahead of Ella Tofaeono 16, Dominika Offner 9 and Natalia Beaumont 9.

The Panthers should face second-placed Northern Suburbs Bears on Saturday, with the winner to advance to the grand final.

All games will be played at the Scholastic Sports Stadium, Terrigal.

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