Use COFFIE to save water

The next phase ofwater-saving along the River Murray is about to begin.
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The latest acronym for irrigators to remember is COFFIE: the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency program.

Like previous initiatives such as the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (OFIEP) and South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP), it will offer funding to irrigators who pledge to use water more efficiently.

Irrigators can now apply for a share in $15 million worth of funding to be spent in this state.

Projects must be able to return at least two megalitres of annual water entitlements to the federal government.

Water and the River Murray Minister Ian Hunter said South Australia’s irrigators already managed their water well, but there was more they – and their interstate counterparts – could do.

“The COFFIE program will enable irrigators to build on the substantial water savings already achieved,” he said.

SA Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board presiding member Sharon Starick said she was glad for the opportunity to continue working with irrigators and the federal government.

“Since 2010 the SAMDB NRM Board has managed more than 360 individual irrigator projects through the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program, which has seen just over $60 million invested in on-farm irrigation improvements and generated water savings in excess of 25,000ML,” she said.

“Recent monitoring and evaluation and a cost-benefit analysis have demonstrated real and lasting benefits to irrigators from this on-farm investment, to the opportunity to build on these outcomes through the COFFIE pilot is welcomed.”

The program will be trialled in South Australia before being rolled out across the river basin.

Funding applications from South Australian irrigators will be accepted until September 13, 2019.

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New name for forest rally

The 2017 Forest Rally, which is held in Nannup and Busselton, will become the Make Smoking History Forest Rally, following a new multi-year deal with event sponsor Healthway. Photo supplied.A premier WA sporting event held in Nannup and Busselton will be renamed ahead of this year’s event.
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The 2017 Forest Rally will become the Make Smoking History Forest Rally, following a new multi-year deal with event sponsor Healthway.

The Make Smoking History Forest Rally will be the second round of both the CAMS Australian Rally Championship and the Onslow Contracting West Australian Rally Championship and will be held in Busselton and Nannup from April21-23

Healthway has sponsored the event since 1995.

Forest Rally Event Director, Ross Tapper said he was delighted Healthway had continued their support of the event.

“The support of Healthway – as well as our other great sponsors – allows us to expand the event year on year, ensuring we are always providing new and exciting challenges for competitors and in turn top-quality entertainment for spectators both in Busselton and the forest of Nannup,” he said.

“Healthway’s support over the past 22 years has been an integral part of the success of this event and the growth of rallying in our state and this has allowed us to showcase the very best of what Western Australia has to offer,” he continued.

The Make Smoking History campaign was established in 2000 with the aim of reducing smoking in Western Australia.

The campaign is an initiative of Cancer Council Western Australia and is jointly funded by Healthway, the Department of Health WA and Cancer Council WA.

Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey, said Healthway funding had played an important role in reducing smoking rates among WA adults to just 12.3 per cent.

“However, there is no room for complacency as smoking is still the biggest single cause of premature death and, every year, around 1,400 West Australians die before their time because they smoked,” Ms De Lacey said.

“Healthway is delighted to work with the Make Smoking History Forest Rally to promote awareness of the health benefits of being a nonsmoker.”

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Tribute song wins big

Simply Bushed’s song commemorating Anzac Day has earned the band a top award at Tamworth Country Music Festival.
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The song, ‘Raise Your Glass’ wonthe Tamworth Songwriters Association’sAnzac Song of the Year award.

More than 100 artists submitted their songs in the national contest.

Singer Paul Grierson said he and band mate Chris Rieger were emotional about the win.

“If there was one award we really wanted to win it was this one,” he said.

“I was gobsmacked, when I got up to do the speech nothing came out.

“It was a very emotional win.”

The St Helen’s Park resident said the band would perform the song at the Australian War Memorial later in the year.

“Both Chris and I had grandfathers that served Australia in World War II,” Mr Grierson said.

“Most Australians are connected to a military heritage.

“We would like to dedicate our win to the young soldiers who are still serving – many of whom are going to need our help.”

Mr Grierson said the song was written in half an hour.

“Songs come around in many different ways, this one just came to me and we fine tuned it together,” he said.

“If people we singing this song for years to come it would be a wonderful legacy.”

The band has performed for soldiers in Australia andtraveled to the Solomon Islands and the Middle East to perform for soldiers serving overseas.

The bandhave just returned from the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

“We had a ripper –all of our shows sold out and we bought home a major award,” Mr Grierson said.

”We were also finalists in the Golden Guitars for the same song in the Video Clip of the Year category but were pipped at the post by a very powerful clip.”

Mr Grierson and Mr Rieger celebrated their 10thvisit to the country music festival.

“It’s really wonderful to sing all of our songs and catch up fans and our musician mates,” he said.

“We had an absolute ball.”

Simply Bushed have anew EP available called Military Issue, it is availble for sale on the band’s website.

“We will also be recording a new album middle of this year,” Mr Grierson said.

“We also have a free show coming up at the Hawkesbury Hotel in Windsor on February 18.”

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Chase trio captured

Standing guard: Barwon police and highway officers patrol the Newell Highway in Moree after three pursuits on Tuesday. Photo: Sophie HarrisTWO men and a woman remain in custodycharged in connection to three high-speed chases north and south of Moree.
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Shaun White, Hannah White and Blake Surch were listed to appearin Moree Local Court on Wednesday afternoon facing a string of charges.

But, the trio did not make it to court in time, and were ordered to stayin custody to front Inverell Local Court on Thursday for a bail determination.

Surch is charged with receiving goods out of NSW, using an unregistered car on the road, dishonestly obtaining property by deception and three counts of police pursuit by driving recklessly.

Hannah White faces charges of receiving property stolen from outside NSW, permitting use of an unregistered vehicle on the road, dishonestly obtaining property by deception, custody of a knife in a public place and three counts of owner not disclose identity of a driver or passenger.

Shaun White is charged with one count of dishonestly obtaining property by deception.

Standing guard: Barwon police patrol the Newell Highway in Moree after three pursuits on Tuesday. Photo: Sophie Harris

The trio were arrested hours after Barwon police made a public appeal to find the occupants in the Toyota Camry whichallegedly lead officers onthree high-speed pursuits between Coonabarabran and Moree.

Barwon police and highway patrol officers were alerted by their southern counterparts about 1pm on Tuesday after a gold coloured car evaded officers on the Newell Highway.

“Police have tried to stop the vehicle bearing Victorian number plates, which accelerated away and a pursuit was initiated,”Barwon Inspector Martin Burke toldFairfax Media on Tuesday.

Officers deployed road spikes near Narrabri but the car sped off, reaching speeds of up to 160km per hour in a 110 zone.

Standing guard: Barwon police and highway officers patrol the Newell Highway in Moree after three pursuits on Tuesday. Photo: Sophie Harris

Police said they were forced to abandon the pursuiton three occasions because of the high speeds.

Back-up was called in and officers again found the Camry south of Moree before a third pursuit north of town on the Newell Highway.

They were eventually arrested late on Tuesday night.

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Dairy farmers ready share their anguish

Milked dry: Nabiac farmers Phillip and Jason Schneider will attend the ACCC inquiry into milk prices in Taree at noon next Tuesday, February 7 at Club West. WHEN Phillip Schneider would welcome primary school studentsto his farm they had one big question: ‘why do you get paid so little for your milk?’.
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“I couldn’t answer the question, but they could: greed,” said the Nabiac based farmer.Thesefarm tours were many years ago,andhad to be stopped due to the tragic loss of a grandchild to a rare tumour and subsequent poor health for Phillip.

But this question remainsand will be one of many taken to theAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) inquiryinto milk prices inTaree at noon nextTuesday, February 7at Club West.

Phillip, 62, has been a farmer for 48 years. His farmmilksaround 70 cows, which produce between 25 to 50 litres a day to milk supplier Parmalat.

In January,Parmalatannounced a two cent reduction on last year’s price, with farmers now told to expect an average price of 44.1 cents per litre in 2017.

“Twenty five years ago we were getting 54 cents –we need that all year around,” Phillip said.

Phillip saidthe latest dry period is the worse he’s experiencedin 48 years and the recent rain ‘saved’ them.

With other farmersin the area already make the tough decision to close down, the thought has crossed the family’s mind but for Phillip he couldn’t imagine leaving.

“What else would I do? I’ve built so much here, I don’twant to sell, I wantthis to be for my grandchildren.”

Phillip prides himself on his milk quality and has won district and State awards and is consideredin the top five per cent of Australia for quality.

“I still try and run the farm the same–but it just gets tighter and tighter. I’m not cuttingcorners but it’s not easy,” Phillip said.

Due to a spine disease Phillip can no longer milk andhis son Jason is handling the milking.

Phillip does the farm work and helps care for Jason and his wife Kylie’s three children, as Kylie is an intensive care nurse.

Phillip said they are a strong unit as a family but he feels for those desperately struggling in the area.

“People come to meetings in tears,” he said.

“Wives have to be on suicide watch for their husbands.Things shouldn’t be in that position.”

Phillip and Jason will attend the inquiry.“It’s a start, it might not help us, but it’s a start in the right direction.”

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