‘Feds must deliver sugar code of conduct’

FOLLOW THROUGH: The Federal Government must immediately implement a sugar industry code of conduct says North Queensland MP Andrew Cripps.THERE are calls federal government to immediately implement the recommendation of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs Committeesupporting the development of a sugar industry code of conduct.

Hinchinbrook MPAndrew Crippssaid 18 months after the senate committee handed down its report, the federal government had not progressed the development of a sugar industry code of conduct, despite the committee recommendation being unanimously supported by senators from all parties.

“The Queensland Parliament has done its job, with LNP and crossbench MPs amending theSugar Industry Actto provide growers choice in marketing and recognising grower economic interest,”Mr Cripps said.

“It’s time for the federal government to pull its weight with a code of conduct.”

Peak farm body CANEGROWERS said the fastest way to resolve the current deadlock in negotiations towards contracts for the 2017 season was to continue work towards a negotiated outcome that complies with the Queensland Sugar Industry Act.

To that end, it has invited both Wilmar Sugar and QSL to a three-way meeting with grower representatives.

However, as negotiations are at animpasse, progress towards the development of a code of conduct may have a role to play in the industry both now and into the future.

CANEGROWERS says it supports further work towards the development of a code of conduct to avoid a repeat of the current strain growers have been put under.

Mr Cripps said with less than six months before the start of the 2017 cane harvesting season, it wasunacceptable for Wilmar and growers supplying their mills between Ingham and Mackay not to have a cane supply agreement in place.

“The dispute must be resolved,” Mr Cripps said.

“There is nothing wrong with the Queensland legislation because every other milling company has already been able to reach an agreement with growers supplying their mills. Therefore the problem must be between the parties involved in the negotiations in the Wilmar mill areas.

“There is too much at stake for the Queensland sugar industry to allow this uncertainty to continue. The failure of the parties to negotiate a supply agreement means it is now clear this process needs to be guided by a formal code of conduct. They have brought this on themselves.

“There is a draft code of conduct which was prepared by a federal taskforce in 2015 and the senate committee has suggested it may provide a foundation upon which a statutory code of conduct could be established, so the federal government could move quickly on this.

“The absence of an agreement between Wilmar and cane growers has serious ramifications for the local communities involved – such as the Herbert River district in the Hinchinbrook electorate – from mill employees to harvester contractors and many others servicing the industry.”

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Vale: Laura Newham

Life poses many challenges and so it did for Laura Margaret Newham who passed away late last year.

But Mrs Newham always faced those challenges with resilience aided byher great sense of humour and some homemade cooking.

Laura Margaret Gallagher was born on August 20, 1930 and grew up on farms at Archerfield and Maison Dieu. She was one of six girls of Gertie and Doug Gallagher.

As a teenager she took sewing lessons in Singleton with Miss Delahunty and Mrs Bowe. The skills learnt from these women were used by Mrs Newham for the remainder of her life.

Inher early 20s she married Cyril Roots,the father of her two children Wendy and Ken. During this period the family moved to Scone.

Later Laura moved back to Singleton to begin a ‘new’ stage of her life which also included the arrival of her much loved grandchildren.

In 1980she bought her own home which she renovated herself over a number of years.

Laura worked at Jeff O’Hearns Chemist and attended local dances with her friends. It was at one of these dances she met the man of her dreams Dave Newham.

MUCH LOVED: The late Laura Newham was a very active member of the Singleton community.

She describedmeeting Dave as “the first day of my life” and they married in 1990.

Thus began their adventures on camping holidays throughout Australia including attending many country music festivals.

In between work, travel and family commitments Laura was very active in the local community her friend Janice Burchell said at her funeral that she made pies for pie drives, supported Singleton Hospital fete, The Mercy Nursing Home Fete, Relay for Life and helped raise money for the Cancer Council, holding several coffee mornings.

“Laura was a great supporter of the Singleton Show and will be remembered for her show cooking and craft,” Mrs Burchell said.

“At theSingleton Hospital Laura worked as a Pink Lady and gave freely of her time. Tuesdays were ‘hair days’ at the Mercy Home, she enjoyed these days. When Laura was unable to stand to do ‘hair’ she sat and coloured in with the ladies.”

Sadly at 85-years of age Laura was diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease and she passed away on November 20 last year with her funeral taking place at St Patrick’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by Dave, her children Wendy and Ken and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Business awards open

Highlands Drive Safe was a finalist in the 2016 Telstra Business Awards micro business award category. Photo by Sophie BuchananAward hopes hit the brakesDo you know a small business in the community that deserves recognition?

Entries have opened for the 25thTelstra Business Awards.

Entrants areassessed against criteria including: financials, vision, technology and innovation, risk mitigation, resilience, social impact, inclusion and ethical work practices.

There are five award categories: New Business, Micro Business, Small Business, Medium Business and Charity Award.

The winner of the Telstra Business of the Year Award can come from any of the fivecategories.

Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Awards Ambassador Paul Tyler saidthe Awards were part of Telstra’s long-standing commitment to enablesmall and medium businesses (SMB) to thrive.

“Small and medium businesses make a huge contribution to our local communities and national economy. They drive growth and deliver jobs to millions of Australians,” he said.

“For the past 25 years, Telstra has been proud to champion excellence and innovation among SMBs, and more recently charities.”

All entrantsreceive a comprehensive business health check, which benchmarks their performance against industry standards and identifies improvement opportunities, based on the data provided in the entry form.

“Businesses don’t need to win an award to benefit from the process. Byentering, they have the opportunity to put their business under the microscope and receive valuable insights. If they progress further, then they also enjoy unparalleled networking with peers and the chance to build their profile,” Mr Tyler said.

Entries will close onThursday, March 16.

Anyone can nominate a business, including the owner or founder.

Visit https://苏州美甲美睫培训telstrabusinessawards苏州美甲美睫培训/nominate/to nominate a business.

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Purchasers seek top genetics

VOLUME BUYER: Woodville Poll Dorset stud principal Warwick Doolan (right), Deniliquin, bought 10 stud ewes to a top of $1300, with stud advisor Peter Braybon, Tocumwal, (left) Sam Armstrong Armdale and Armdale Park, Marrar.THE heat didn’t deter buyers at last Friday’s Armdale and Armdale Park Poll Dorset sale, as they competed heavily to either build numbers or chase quality at the top-end to add to their flocks.

It was only a small crowd of buyers, but one with intent as 82 of 103 stud ewes sold to a top of $1300 across 12 individual buyers, while all 70 rams cleared to 11 buyers, paying to a top of $1800 and averaging $1124.

There were two top-priced ewes making $1300, with the first, a six- year-old Armdale Dam 340-11, who bred a stud ram that sold to Hillden stud for $7000.

And it was purchased over the phone by P. Flanagan, Ballarat, Victoria, through Gordon Close, Finley.

The second was a two-year-old Armdale ewe 463-15, bought by Warwick Doolan, Woodville Poll Dorsets, Deniliquin, in a draft of 10 ewes that averaged $780.

Mr Doolan recently bought the Woodville stud from Peter Braybon, Tocumwal, and used his services at the sale to help secure the top stud ewes to add to his flock.

Mr Doolan said he was chasing the top-end quality from the sale and liked the breeding in the Armdale and Armdale Park bloodlines, taking home five of the young and five of the older ewes to join his 200 stud ewes at home.

The Cooper family, Marulan, settled in to buy mainly the double pens of ewes and landed 11 in total to a top of $550, averaging $432.

While A and L Moloney, Taralga, paid to $750 on three occasions for a draft of nine ewes, averaging $633. Rounding out the ewe sale was Adam Twyford, “Brawlin”, Cootamundra, loading 14 ewes for a $514 average.

While the Craig Partnership, Cowra, averaged$450 for six, Morray Pty Ltd, Yerong Creek, averaged $720 for five and G.K. and J Davey, Kerang, Vic, took five at $420.

All 70 flock rams were sold to a small contingent of buyers headed up by D.J. and K.N. Woods, “Church Farm”, Young, paying to $1800 to top the ram draft, followed by the Dennis Family Trust, “Maroubra Park”, Collingullie, who paid nine rams at $1478.

The Milson Family Pty Ltd, “Cardross”, Goulburn, played at the top-end buying five at $1575.

And R.M. and R.A. McGoech, “Brantford”, Borambola, took a truck load home with 21 rams averaging $1152 and Carwoola Pastoral Company, Carwoola, bought seven at $1143.

Rounding out the flock ram draft was Gundary Pastoral Company, Wagga, purchased 10 at $1040 and Kinvarra Pastoral Company, “Kinvarra”, The Rock, snapped up six at $1200.

The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark with Steve Ridley and Peter Cabot as the auctioneers.


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Making a splash: when are Orange’s school swimming carnivals?

CHEER SQUAD: St Mary’s Catholic Primary School students Amelie Staniforth, Stella Davis and Ryley Simmons at Wednesday’s swimming carnival. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0201jkstmarys7The Orange Aquatic Centre is set to host more than 18 swimming carnivals in February, with about 8000 students and 2000 spectators to get wet or watch the action.

Eight out of nine lanes in the 50-metre swimming pool will be dedicated to swimming carnivals between 9am to 3.30pm.

Orange City Council manager of corporate and community relations Nick Redmond said one outdoor lane and the indoor facility was available for members of the public.

“Swimmers don’t need to book the space [outdoors]but be mindful there will be hundreds of school children about,” Mr Redmond said.

There will be extra staff on in the café and extra staff on cleaning up after each carnival.

February 21, 22 and 28 are the only weekdays within the month where there are no swimming carnivals booked.

SCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL DATESWednesday, February 1: St Mary’s Catholic Primary SchoolThursday, February 2: Orange Anglican Grammar SchoolFriday, February 3: Kinross Wolaroi High SchoolMonday, February 6: Canobolas Rural Technology High SchoolTuesday, February 7: Orange Public SchoolWednesday, February 8: Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary SchoolThursday, February 9: Orange Christian SchoolFriday, February 10: Orange High SchoolMonday, February 13: Orange Small SchoolsTuesday, February 14: Calare Public SchoolWednesday, February 15:Bletchington Public SchoolThursday, February 16: Bowen Public School and Glenroi Heights Public SchoolFriday, February 17: James Sheahan Catholic High School.Monday, February 20: Orange East Public SchoolThursday, February 23:Orange District Public School Sport AssociationFriday, February 24: SRCMonday, February 27: Western disabilityThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲美睫培训.

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Running criminal back in custody

Matthew Joseph Wishart

A MAN who ran out of court after being given a jail term has served far more time behind bars than his original sentence.

Matthew Joseph Wishart, 22, was taken back into custody a month after fleeing the Albury courthouse on November 14 and running through QEII Square.

He had been given a two-week jail term for breaching an apprehended violence order and was on parole when he was sentenced.

Despite being warned by magistrate Darryl Pearce against fleeing the courtroom as he made his way to the door, Wishart left before corrections staff could stop him.

Court documents note he didn’t want to get locked up due to fears ofother inmates.

Despite being given only two weeks in jail, Wishart has now spent nearly seven weeks in custody since being recaptured.

He still faces the prospect of more time in prison.

The 22-year-old had failed to abide by the law while on the run, and came to the attention of police following a vicious assault on his ex-partner.

Wishart was heavily intoxicated when he went around to the woman’s Kestrel Street home about midday on December 17.

She reluctantly allowed him to enter amid concerns for his state and he fell asleep on her couch.

The woman went to bed and when she awoke, she saw Wishart urinating on her kitchen floor.

The mother of two told him to leave and he reacted violently, throwing items around the kitchen and knocking over a Christmas tree she had set up for her children.

A neighbour heard the dispute and entered the home to remove Wishart, and the two men started punching on and wrestling.

The man pulled Wishart from the home, onto the front lawn, and Wishart’s ex-partner tried to break up the fight as they laid into each other.

He kicked the woman in the back so hard, it knocked her to the ground and he fled the scene.

Police arrested him at nearby Sarvaas Park a short time later.

He was treated for a deep cut to his foot and has been in custody since.

Police facts note Wishart had shown “no respect for magistrate Pearce’s direction” when he ran from the court.

He appeared before Albury Local Court on Tuesday and will return for sentencing next Thursday.

His priors include a previous incident of escaping police custody.

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Young Mia off to state finals in Aboriginal Model Search

YOU can see Mia Gundy’s smile from a mile away.

The 10-year-old from Raymond Terrace, who is from the Bundjalung and Worimipeople,has made the NSW State final of the Aboriginal Model Search.

And she cannot stop beaming.

“I was so excited when I heard my name called out. I can’t wait to go to the state finals,” Mia said.

RISING STAR: Mia Gundy, of Raymond Terrace, has made the state finals of the Aboriginal Model Search. Pictures: Marina Neil

Mia was the first winner to be announced at the Newcastle stage of the Aboriginal Model Search,a competition whichscours the country to find the next generation of indigenous models.

The judges notedthat she was a natural at modelling.

“I really love being in the model search, as ithelps me get more confident in front of a crowd,” Mia said.

“I want to be a famous dancer when I grow up, so the competition will help me with my stage presence and confidence,” she added.

Her mother Chantal is extremely proud of her daughter.

“I’m over the moon. It’s really helped her confidence.

“I was cheering frantically when her name was called out,”Ms Gundy said.

The competition is open to males and femalesaged 8-30, with the contestants being divided into juniors and seniors.

“Mia loves her Aboriginal culture, and I was really happy to see hersurrounded and interacting with proud, strong Aboriginal people,” Ms Gundy said.

Mia said she had a great time at the competition.

“I met lots of new people, and one of my friends I met at the competitionmade it to the State final as well, so I can’t wait to go to the final with her,” Mia said.

“If I was one of the judges, I would have let everyone go into the final, as they all tried their best and were all really nice,” she added.

BUILDING CONFIDENCE: Mia loves modelling, saying “I really love being in the model search, as it helps me get more confident in front of a crowd”. Picture: Marina Neil.

For those thinking of entering the competition next year, Mia cannot recommend it enough.

“Definitely have a go. It’s lots of fun and builds up your confidence.

“I was nervous when I first did it, but something just clicked when I was there and I got really into it,” Mia said.

During the competition, Mia and the other contestants received a professional runway class, which looked at how to walk, talk and present themselves, as well as getting three professionally edited photographs for their portfolios.

Sharlette Townsend,the founder of theAboriginal Model Search, saidthecompetition is about empowering Indigenous people.

“The competition assists young people within the Indigenous community to discover a higher sense of self belief, self-confidence, and self-esteem,”Ms Townsend said.

The NSW state final is due to be held in August.

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Hunter building approvals rise

Housing Industry Association Hunter Director Craig Jennion.A rise in building approvals for new homes in the Lower Hunterpresents opportunities for people thinking about building a home, the residential building industry’s peak body says.

The comments came after new figures showed that building approvals had shot up in parts of theHunter in the second half of 2016, compared with the previous year.

Dungog has led the charge, with a 140 per cent rise in building approvals for new homes in the three months to last November, compared with the same period in 2015, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Meanwhile, Maitland had 194 approvals at an increase of 11 per cent and approvals in Cessnock dropped by five per cent, but this was a drop of only two approvals –39 to 37.

Housing Industry AssociationHunter Director Craig Jennion said Dungog appeared to experience such a sharp rise in approvals because it had come from a relatively low base, compared with other parts of the state – with 12 approvals up from five.

He said nine of these Dungog approvals were recorded in November, itshighest since June 2011.

“[It] is extremely pleasing. It’s great that they are increasing above their average in 2016 of fourdwellings per month,” Mr Jennion said.

“Without growth more broadly across all the LGAs of the Hunter and Central Coast it will be extremely difficult to meet the dwelling targets established in the recently released [NSW Government] Hunter and Central Coast Regional Plans.”

Mr Jennion said work to revitalise Newcastle, historically low lending rates, surges in coal prices and local business and consumer confidence contributed to the boost.

He said the nation was in the midst of “the longest and biggest new home building cycle” in its history and benefits hadflowed into the Hunter.

“The most obvious of these is the opportunity to pre-plan and choose exactly what you need included in your home, right down to the positioning of your power points,” he said.

“Some of the other benefits include an ability to include more efficient or innovative products, cheaper running costs, less maintenance and the ability to choose your outlook.

“These benefits are exemplified by the record low interest rates and diversity of affordable land that is available in the Hunter.”

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Friends of Beaudesert Library need books

Previous Friends of Beaudesert Library president Kate Amos encouraged businesses to help boost reading among children in 2014.FRIENDS of Beaudesert Library are in search for unwanted books and magazines for their book boxservice in town.

Theservice is in high demand this year and are looking for books to contribute to the 18 community book boxes.

The group delivers boxes— filled with 20 books each— to businesses such as government offices, barbers and doctor’s and surgeon’swaiting rooms for people to use.

Volunteer Lesley Cheeseman has dropped offbook boxes every three months for more than two years.

Ms Cheeseman said the service is very popular in Beaudesert and the group has received a lot of positive feedback from businesses.

“They have always welcomed it with open arms,” she said.

“Doctors and surgeonslike something to keep the children occupied while they are waiting.”

Ms Cheeseman said this was the first time—since she had joinedthe group— the library has been unable to donate supplies due to a shortage of old stock.

“The libraries have always been able to supply it but they must have done all their book culling,” Ms Cheeseman said.

“That is why we’re making an appeal for the public.”

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said council was supportive of theefforts of the group to provide the free service.

“It is, and will continue to be, our practice to provide these materials to the Friends of Beaudesert Library for this worthy purpose, when available,” he said.

“However, the renewal of ageing library stock is a periodic process, which means there is not necessarily a constant supply, and this is the case at present.”

Friends of Beaudesert Library are seeking donations to continue the service for the community.

Donations suchas children’s books for under five-year-olds, magazines, books for adults and particularly, books with large font are much needed.

Old books can be left at the library or to arrange a pickup, email [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训.

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‘We’re the odd person out’: Handford

MidCoast Council interim general manager, Glenn Handford.

RELATED STORIES:Plan to ‘pillage’ MidCoast WaterCommunity to benefit from new directionMove to dissolve water into councilLook north, saysGlenn Handford. The interim general manager of MidCoast Council cites Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Nambucca, Richmond Valley, Tweed, Byron and Ballina in his defence of the proposal to merge MidCoast Water into MidCoast Council.

“They all run their own water and sewer systems as part of the general purpose council,” Mr Handford said.

“We’re the odd person out in terms of management structure …all of our rates data is the same, all of our billing information is the same, so why wouldn’t you try to get some efficiencies for the consumer by bringing those back office functions back into the general purpose council?”

Mr Handford this week refuted comments made by former MidCoast Water general manager, Neil Hanington that the proposal was a grab for money and assets.

“Things weren’t all that rosy in the Garden of Eden that was Great Lakes Council. Some of the systems in Great Lakes Council were archaic,” Mr Hanington said.

“MidCoast Water has a new $3.2 million computer system, they’ve got a new GPS system and that would more than cover the MidCoast Council area and they have more modern project management plans, safety management plans andasset management plans.

“The new council can’t operate without these new modern systems –it is a complete impossibility on the existing systems they have -it’s impossible for them to run an efficient organisation.” Read the related story, Plan to ‘pillage’ MidCoast Water.

Mr Handford says “all of our computer systems are up-to-date”.

“We are running current versions of all our software programs. We do need to integrate our systems, without a doubt. It doesn’t matter whether MidCoast Water comes back in or not the new merged entity has to come up with a common software platform so that we can operate effectively and efficiently,” Mr Handford said.

“The general manager of MidCoast Water has identified about $2.5 million in savings and as I’ve been saying, $2.5 million is $2.5 million and it may end up being more than that, but initially why can’t that go towards roads or bridges or some other infrastructure that’s required for the MidCoast Council community?

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