Show for small farms

Big things for small farms: Leghorn Industries’ Mick Lea and Moss Vale Small Farm Field Day organiser Elizabeth Newham Nichols. Photo: Claire FenwickeIf you have ever been interested in running a farm on smaller acreage, but found there wasn’t the right-sized equipment, then you need to attend this field day.
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The Moss Vale Small Farm Field Day is on for the third year, and there will be plenty of options to suit the farming environment of the Highlands.

Organiser Elizabeth Newham Nichols said the niche of small farms in the area had prompted the creation of the field day.

“There are lots of farm field days, but they focus more on broader acreage,” she said.

“Exhibitioners will bring what they normally have on offer, plus items specifically made for the smaller farmer.”

One exhibitior is Leghorn Industries’ Mick Lea from Wagga Wagga, who has brought along his options for chicken farming on smaller blocks.

“We have coups for 100 to 1500 chickens for intensive farming on a smaller scale,” he said.

There will be presentations, demonstrations and competitions for those wishing to find out the latest techniques and technologies around sustainability, equine health and farming.

Elizabeth said along with the tractors, farming machinery and agricultural groups setting up tents, there would be entertainment on offer.

“The continued interest generated from previous years has certainly helped us to build a wide range of displays and a comprehensive schedule of events,” she said.

“These will include the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia’s Rifle Range, reptile talks and fantastic working dog demonstrations.

“There will also be old farm machinery in action, kids’ rides and face painting – a great family day out.”

The livestock area will be increased this year, with sheep and alpacas on display for those with small holdings looking for alternatives.

The Small Farm Field Day will be held at the Moss Vale Showground on the February 4 and 5 from10.00am to4.00pm.

Tickets will be $5 each with under 15 years free, and all activities are free after entry. To find out more, visit 梧桐夜网smallfarmfieldday南京夜网419论坛.

The 1803 farms and more than 2000 small farms of the Highlands inspired this event.

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Local comedian offers in-house performance

Young comedian Ethan Andrews wasn’t joking when he said he would be offering to do gigs in people’s homes.
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The lively 23-year-old, who now resides in Newcastle, is offering to come to your place and perform a gig in your lounge room, garage, back yard or whatever works for you.

Better still, you can pay him as you please!

NO JOKE: Stand-up comedian Ethan Andrews wants to perform at your house. You provide the room and small audience, and he’ll do the rest. Picture: Supplied

“The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has a similar model,” Andrews said.

“It’s free to go, and then at the end, depending on how much you enjoyed the show, you pay what you feel it was worth.”

Andrews is honing new material for his performance at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2018.

“Instead of doing shows in small theatres and pubs, I’m doing a tour only of people’s houses,” he said.

“I want to do the show for some smaller crowds and try out some of my newer material.”

Andrews first dabbled in stand-up comedy in 2013, and has been working professionally for just 12 months.

The routine he’s honing is largely about childhood, so it was suggested that he create a bedroom set for the show to tour.

But lugging a bed and bedside table around to gigs in theatres wasn’t going to work.

“So I thought I could just do the show in people’s bedroom, or lounge room.”

The local comedian’s material is family friendly, and more at the Jerry Seinfeld end of the comedy spectrum rather than the Rodney Rude end.

“My show is definitely not too crass or rude for kids to see,” he said.

Andrews’ friend and jazz musician Jasmine Abbott will open the show with a solo set.

“I’m not Carl Barron or Adam Hills. I can’t sell out a huge theatre like those guys, but I can do something they can’t,” Andrews said.

“I can promise you the best dinner party of your life.”

Of course, there has to be a decent sized audience lined up.

“If there’s just me and two people there, that’s not a show. That’s just me interrupting your dinner,” he joked.

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Straightening the Apsley

Looking back: This view of Walcha from 1913 shows part of the original semi-circular course of the Apsley River on the western side of Derby Street. The intersection of Fitzroy and Derby streets is partly obscured by the tall pine tree.Until quite late in the 1890s, the Apsley River took a sharp turn to the west as it exited the mill hole. It then flowed across Derby Street, wound its way around the yard presently occupied by the Walcha Carrying Company and again crossed Derby Street near the intersection with Walsh Street.
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The area was quite flat and even the slightest rise in the river caused nuisance flooding in the locality.

During 1897, the Walcha Municipal Council decided this area should be protected from regular flooding and proposed that a channel be excavated from the mill hole directly to the Fitzroy Street bridge, thus isolating the troublesome portion of the original course of the river, the greater part of which is shown in the photo.

Alderman J.F. Campbell, who was also a surveyor, liaised with the Department of Works during the planning and construction stage, at considerable cost saving to council.

Negotiations with the government saw grants totalling 1320 pounds given to council to undertake the Apsley River Inundation Prevention Scheme.

Part of the land to be resumed was low-lying and considered “useless and of no monetary value” while other portions were unimproved.

A market garden conducted by Ah Chung in the present location of the Walcha Bowling Club greens suffered some inconvenience.

In December 1889, council, mindful of the litigation by affected landholders that followed the Blair’s Gully Scheme, announced that the plan adopted for straightening the Apsley River would remain on view at the Council Chambers until January 7, 1899.

Councilinvited perusal and inspection by all interested parties.

Since there were a lot of unemployed workers in Walcha at the time, council decided to engage “day labour” for the job, which commenced with a dozen “pick and shovel” men hard at it in February 1899.

The Walcha Witness of August 12, 1899 reported: “The Apsley River Work is just about completed. The employment given has been a source of pleasure to many industrious local residents, and no one can fail to admire the wonderful transformation effected.

“This safe guarding of the interests of the town and the protection of local property is deserving of high praise.”

The redundant Apsley River channel was eventually filled; sawmill waste was used for the job in some places.

In later years, this caused problems according to the late Arthur Drage, who recalled attending a few smouldering fires beneath the surface which was due to spontaneous combustion of the fill material.

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Senior Options: How comfortable are your dentures?

COMPREHENSIVE: Dental prosthetist John Curtin (right) and practice manager Joan at Wollongong City Denture Clinic offer a complete service for dentures.Advertising feature
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IF denturesare not comfortable then John Curtin from Wollongong City Denture Clinic can help you.

John said “pain or discomfort” from a denture is your body’s way of telling you that you and your dentures may need some attention.

Often it is a sign that your dentures don’t fit as good as they use to. Dentures or false teeth don’t last forever.

Sometimes dentures can abrade and wear out, but more often than not it is the denture wearer’s mouth that undergoes subtle changes over a long period of time such as bone resorption under the denture bearing area, causing the dentures to move around, resulting in sore areas in the mouth.

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Make an appointment for an obligation-free consultation to see John. The practice has HICAPS and EFTPOS facilities.

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What’s on

Friday, February 3
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Bathurst Red Cross will meet at theSenior Citizens’ Centre at 176 Russell Street at 10am.

JOIN UP: Bathurst Regional Council is calling for applications for the 2017 Bathurst Youth Council. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 070115cdye4

Bathurst Regional Council is calling for applications for the 2017 Bathurst Youth Council. The Youth Council provides the opportunity for young people to get involved in their community by organising events for young people, having a say on local issues that affect young people in the region and working towards projects that support and encourage young people.

Application packs are available online through council’s website, at local schools and at council’s administration centre in Russell Street. For more information on the Youth Council, contact council’s community development officer (youth) on 6333 6135 or email [email protected]论坛

Saturday, February 4

Looking for something unique for Valentine’s Day? Then come on down to Berry Park for the Riverside Market to view work from local artisans, plants and, of course, have one of the best sausages in town. The market will be held from 8am-1pm. Call 6337 1203.

Bathurst Arts Trail:pamphlets and maps at the Bathurst Visitor Centre. Call 6332 1444.

Bell Tower tours by arrangement. Tickets: $5 per person or by donation. Call 6332 2830

Landcare Group working bee will be held atVietnam Veterans’ Park at 9am. Email Gillian Baldwin, [email protected]南京夜网

Sunday, February 5

Latin dancing takes place the first Sunday of the month at the Panorama Hotel from 3pm to 5pm. It starts with a salsa/bachata class, followed by a party. Entry: $10 adults, students $5. For more information, go to the I Love Bathurst Salsa page on Facebook or contact Marcela on 0405 783 295.

Bathurst Gardeners’ Club meets at various venues on thefirst Sunday of the month at 2pm. Call Karen, 6332 6636.

Wednesday, February 8

Beloved Monster Drama Company drama workshops are held every Wednesdayat the CWA Hall on Russell Street. For ages eightto 12, weekly classes run from 4pm to 5pm, at a cost of $10 per class. For ages 13 to 16, weekly classes run from 5.30pm to 7pm, at a cost of $15 per class.


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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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