Sweet deal for telehandlers

Rocky Point Mulching operations manager, Josh Keith with one of the fleet of seven JCB telehandlers.The versatility of JCB’s telehandlers has made them the perfect choice for a leading sugar cane farm and processor
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The Keith family owned Rocky Point Mulching is Australia’s only family-owned and operated sugar cane farm and mulch processing plant and has put its faith in JCB telehandlers to work in every aspect of their operation.

Counting 13 members of the family working full-time and with an annual turnover of $30 million, they recently launched a new division, Rocky Point Recycling, to turn waste timber into garden mulches.

Rocky Point Mulching operations manager, Josh Keith, says the seven JCB telehandlers the business owns are always hard at work and used across all divisions.

“We’ve been purchasing JCB machinery for the past 10 years and we haven’t looked back as they are so versatile.

“We use them for picking up the large square bales of the mulch, site maintenance and cleaning, and general duties around the operations,” he said.

“JCB is the only brand of telehandler we buy as they are productive, efficient and help us maximise uptime.”

He also likes their versatility and high tech features.

“We especially find the engine upgrades with the speed cooling fan and transmission electronics most helpful, as well as the boom dampening which all add up to operator comfort and machine efficiency,” Mr Keith said.

“The engine speed cooling fan is great in the hot and humid Queensland temperatures, as it reacts to changing temperatures, which maximises our fuel efficiency.

“The all-round visibility with tinted glass is another plus as well,” he said.

Service and support is also a feature.

“Most of the time it feels like the JCB team is working only for us, which is great.

“They are always helpful when it comes to service questions, maintenance or when we are looking to upgrade,” Mr Keith said.

“JCB’s constant product improvements make purchasing a JCB an exciting time, and we try to add a new machine at least every 12 months to keep the fleet up to date with their technology changes.”

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Sydney’s $10 million super sprint ‘The Everest’ to trump Melbourne Cup from October 2017

Main contender: Tommy Berry wins the TJ Smith on Chautauqua. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛Sydney will host Australia’s first $10 million horse race at Randwick in October, making it worth nearly two Melbourne Cups in terms of stakes.
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The race, to be known as The Everest, will target the best sprinters in the world and be run over 1200m at weight-for-age on October 14.

Owners will be able to buy a spot in the 12-horse field with a three-year commitment for $600,000 a year. It is similar to the Pegasus World Cup concept in America – and spots will be able to be traded.

The Melbourne Cup is worth $6.2 million in prizemoney, a purse dwarfed by the $10 million on offer at Randwick. It will be the richest race on turf in the world.

Racing NSW chairman Russell Balding and Australian Turf Club chairman Laurie Macri made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon after working on the race for the six months.

“It is a game changer for racing in Sydney,” Balding said. “It will be known as ‘The Everest’ and will be the richest 1200m in the world and the richest turf race in the world.”

The race will focus on an area which Australian racing is built on, and will not attempt to compete with the major staying races during the Melbourne spring carnival.

Macri said the sprint journey was chosen because there is not an opportunity to run for that sort of money over 1200m anywhere in the world.

“This is not about Sydney against Melbourne. This is about playing to Sydney’s strength,” Macri said.

“Our sprinting division is the strongest in the world and we think they deserve an opportunity to showcase them to the world.”

While the initial concept is for 12 runners, Racing NSW and the ATC are prepared to extend the field if the interest is there, with the additional entry fees to be added to the purse.

The Everest will sit only under the $US12 million ($15.9 million) Pegasus World Cup over 1800m and $US10 million ($13.2 million) Dubai World Cup over 2000m.

The name was chosen because this will be peak of racing.


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Narooma area police reportFeb. 1

File photo. Illegal campers –Narooma police moved on some illegal campers set up on the Kianga headland off Dalmeny Drive at 8am on Monday. The three young males had allegedly also became abusive at passers-by.
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Accident investigation –Police are investigating an accident involving a Tasmanian registered vehicle that occurred near Black Creek on the Bermagui Cobargo Road at 5.45am last Wednesday. The car skidded off the road and the driver ran off, not being seen again.

Property stolen –A large amount of property was stolen from a shed to the rear of residence on Isabel Street, Narooma sometime between 1.30pm and 9pm last Sunday, January 22.

Items include a Yamaha generator, Husqvarna chainsaw, golf bag and clubs, various tools, a GPS watch, slots cars and drones. Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has been offered items such as these is encouraged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Narooma police on 4476 2044.

Mid-range drink driver–A 42-year-old local Narooma man was stopped on the Princes Highway near Montague Street at 3.40pm on Saturday. He failed a breath test and was charged with mid-range drink driving.

Mystery clothes –Narooma police were concerned for the safety of individuals who left various items including clothes and a beach towel that were found on Carters Beach off Centenary Drive at 7pm last Sunday, January 22. Police monitored the area for a few days later deeming the clothes had just been left there and there was nobody lost at sea.

Hilux damaged –Unknown persons caused damaged to a Hilux parked on Forsters Bay Road scratching the driver’s side panels between 6.30am on Friday and 7.30am on Saturday.

Cannabis found –A local 39-year-old man was caught in Narooma and charged with possessingcannabis on Saturday.

A 38-year-old local man meanwhile was also caught with cannabis on Centenary Drive at 9.30am on Friday and charged with possession.

Scooter found –A child’s MPG scooter found at the Narooma wharf at 9.30am on Friday was handed into police and can be claimed.

Lost iPad –Someone last week reported a missing iPad mini in a yellow magnetic case lost in Narooma near the newsagent in Midtown on December 29.

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For kids who love singing

Penrith City Children’s Choir gets off to a flying start with singing and playing percussion instruments in its first project for the year on Sundays, March 12 and 19 at Penrith Public School.
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For children who love to sing: Penrith City Children’s Choir in full voice during a performance.

It will be a great introductory ‘taster’ project for new members aged 7 to 13 years. There are no auditions – all young participants need is a love of singing.

Now in its fifth year, the choir’s growing popularity is clear to see.

Children thrive in the creative environment with high-quality training provided by director Lucy McAlary and the team of mentors from Penrith City Choir.

Parents love the flexibility of the choir’s project-based approach.

In March the children’s choir will enjoy the toe-tapping calypso, Shake down the papaya,and the hypnotic Rhythm of the rain,among others.

Friends and family are invited to attend an informal performance at the end of the second afternoon workshop.

In the choir’s second project, Fabulous Forty!, the children’s choir will join the adult chorus Penrith City Choir to celebrate PCC’s 40th anniversary.

With string quartet and percussion, the children will sing the celebratory work Festival Gloriaby American composer Craig Courtney plus the uplifting finale to John Rutter’s Mass of the Children.

The project will be held in the inspiring acoustic and ambient richnessof St Nicholas of Myra Church, Penrith.

The final project for the 2017 year will be another thrilling opportunity for the children’s choir to sing with Penrith Symphony Orchestra in the best concert of the festive season.

The children’s choir will star in William James’ famous Australian Christmas Carols.

Other performers include Penrith City Choir and Penrith Symphony Orchestra’s youth group, Penrith Strings, plus local singing sensation Brittanie Shipway.

For further information: go to 梧桐夜网penrithcitychoir南京夜网419论坛 and click on ‘Penrith City Children’s Choir’.

Parents can alsophone the administrator Liz Strasser for more information on 0418 202 849.

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Fremantle star Nat Fyfe training the house down… up forward

David Mundy and Ross Lyon have had to address rumours around Nat Fyfe. Photo: Supplied Nat Fyfe has completed an intense two week long training camp in LA. Photo: @natfyfe
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Nat Fyfe at Fremantle training this week. Photo: Fremantle FC

Fremantle champion Nat Fyfe has given no clear sign of a new contract but there is distinct evidence he will spend time as a goal-scoring forward as the Dockers rebuild their finals hopes this year.

The Dockers captain-in-waiting has been especially conspicuous pre-season with productive forward line practice in match simulation as the 2015 Brownlow medallist prepares for a full playing return after missing all but five games of last season with a broken lower left leg.

Fyfe has regularly engaged as a specialist forward in one-on-one contests and grappling marking and goal kicking drills with typical class and efficiency.

He is a regular in hit-outs opposed to Dockers key defensive veteran Zac Dawson as well as new full-back and Western Bulldogs premiership recruit Joel Hamling.

It flags prospects the imposing ball-magnet will float forward for crucial one-out contests inside a cleared 50m arc as a specialist goal avenue or when taking important spells away from his midfield requirements as an alternative to resting on the bench, with rotations again limited to 90 in 2017.

Fyfe, 25, looks almost certain to be a key scoring weapon in a new-look forward brigade after the retirement of irreplaceable champion Matthew Pavlich and departure of goal-line regular Chris Mayne to Collingwood through last October’s trading.

Senior development coach Marc Webb said Fyfe has used his time off well and is getting back to his imposing best.

“It’s just the amount of training he’s been able to get in, and we certainly haven’t seen him miss much on the track… he’s only missed one session this pre-season,” Webb said.

Key forward import Cam McCarthy continues to rise in his gifted and imposing presence around Dockers forward zone match rehearsals and often also noticeably in tandem with Fyfe.

Fyfe has offered appreciably noticeable encouragement to the former Greater Western Sydney forward the longer he has been a regular and impressive track performer.

McCarthy has finally switched to become a Docker after sitting out of the game for a year waiting for his trade back west.

Fyfe has completed every Dockers training session since returning to the full group in November after a complete recovery from his broken leg and having a pin surgically removed that had been in place to assist complete healing.

The brilliant play-maker even headed to the US for training refinement in intense, elite-level fitness and strengthening regimes.

His full recovery and heavy training commitments and leadership on the track is understood to have won Fyfe substantial respect and support from the Docker’s playing group ahead of this month’s election for captain.

Fyfe is believed to have emerged as a front-runner to win the player vote and replace veteran midfielder David Mundy, who was captain last season after Dockers great Matthew Pavlich stepped down as he played out the final season of his 353-game career.

Dockers head coach Ross Lyon is believed to have had distinct intentions for Fyfe and injury-ravaged import Harley Bennell to alternate through forward line and on-ball duties last season.

Fyfe suffered a recurrence of a fracture in his fibula early in the round five clash with Carlton at home last April, the same injury the star play-maker suffered in the 2015 finals series.

Bennell did not manage an outing in his first season at Fremantle after a succession of serious calf injuries.

After a visit to world-renowned soft tissue injury expert Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfarht in Germany, Bennell is tipped to make a full recovery in time to kick-start his stalled career at his adopted outfit after 81 senior games at Gold Coast before his switch to the Dockers.

The 24-year-old is still not back into full training despite continued claims the potentially damaging follower and goal-finishing forward is expected to be at peak fitness in time for a round one showdown with Geelong on March 26 at Domain Stadium.

As much as evidence of Fyfe refining his imposing one-on-one marking and leading strengths with sure goal-kicking on the run or from set shots in match-play, Bennell’s continued absence from main training is similarly conspicuous.

For the past fortnight, veteran small forward Hayden Ballantyne has also been on restricted duties ahead of this month’s pre-season series.

Fremantle launch their summer series against arch rival West Coast in Geraldton on Saturday February 25.

Prolific ball winner Lachie Neale resumed full training a week ago after his delayed start from ankle, wrist and shoulder surgery.

The reigning Dockers fairest-and-best is expected to play at least two of the summer games against West Coast in the state’s mid-north west or more likely Collingwood at Mandurah and Carlton at Domain early next month.

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Noel’s OAM honour

Glen Innes local Noel Schmidt has been honoured for his work in the community with an Order of Australia medal.
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Community stalwart Noel Schmidt is still excited about receiving the Order of Australia Medal for his extensive activities helping people stay healthy.

Noel, described by many as a humble man, was given the honour in recognition for the healthy lifestyle program he has operated for many years. The programs attract a wide audience keen to partake in Tai Chi and Qigong classes designed to strengthen the body gently, assist breathing and improve balance.

Caught for an interview during his Tai Chi classes, Noel was indeed every bit the humble character described by those who know him. But still excited at the thought of having received the award.

“I was taken aback,” he said.

“I wasn’t expecting it.

“It is an honour, but I see it as an award for the whole community, not just me. It’s the community that has got behind these classes to help us all maintain some sort of healthy lifestyle.

People travel from throughout the district to attend one of eight weekly classes conducted by Noel. The program originated many eyars ago at the Garden Court in Glen Innes and has blossomed into the popular program it is today, thanks in no small part to Noel’s enthusiasm.

“They’re not just for elderly people as you might think,” Noel said.

“I have people of ages and abilities joining classes. It’s also not just about exercising, it’s also about companionship and maintaining contact with other members of the community. This also benefits mental health.”

Noel said the program isimportant not just to him, but also to many people in the community.

“It quickly became apparent that there was a need for such a program some 20 years ago. When I developed the classes I was able to concentrate on what was most needed by people attending, mainly teaching them how to maintain a good sense of balance, breathing to help with a healthier body, and isometric exercises.

“For about three years now I have run a men’s class that involves Tai Chi and Qigong, but also leans towards more martial arts movements. People really enjoy those classes.”

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Local nurse vital

On a mission: Serendipity’s Liney Manning and Trina Constable will stop at nothing to get Tamworth a full time breast care nurse. Photo: Peter Hardin 010217PHB030
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Serendipity arelocal ladieson a mission. They want a full time breast care nurse for Tamworth and will stop at nothing to get one.

That mission took another hit last week whenvisiting Test great and breast cancer crusader Glen McGrath confirmed that Tamworth is not in line to receive a McGrath Nurse, despite the efforts of so many locals and festival goers donating and running charity days for the cause.

Serendipity president LineyManning and vice presidentTrina Constable have achieved some remarkable outcomes in recent yearsbut are continually leftquestioning why a regional centre like Tamworth does not have a full time breast care nurse, whether it be from the likes of the McGrath foundation or federally funded.

“We are all singing the same tune and I would never want to deter from anything the McGrath Foundation are doing,” Mrs Manning said.

“But this arearaises a lot of money forthe McGrath foundation and then that money leaves the region. We believe local money should go to local people, especially when it is needed here.”

“It is not about competition it is about outcomes, and we won’t compromise on that.”

Currently the region has part time breast care nurse roles in Armidale and Moree, as well as a coordinator in Tamworth that are all federally funded, but the fact remains that Tamworth and the North West need more.

“We want to make clear that we are absolutely supportive of the McGrath Foundation and everything they do but there is local charity money leaving the community that people need here,” Mrs Manningsaid.

“I am positive that there will be a successful outcome for Tamworth and we could achieve thatsame outcome if the donations were going to a local charity.”

“Our roll as as an independent volunteer committee is to be the people’s advocate –all we want is for women to have the best possible journey and outcome that they can get.”

“We have agreat cancer facility here that cost a bomb but we don’t have the full package and we need it.”

The great Australian fast bowler is due back in town on February 15 to be special guest at a Chamber of Commerce meeting, where he will be talking about the future of the McGrath Foundation and business goals, just three weeks after confirming that Tamworth isn’t in line to receive a McGrath nurse anytime soon.

“It would be nice if the chamber came to us or someone else to see what can actually be achieved in Tamworth, by Tamworth people, for Tamworth,” Mrs Manning said.

“We onlywant the best outcome and we will be successful with or without the McGrath Foundation.”

Cancer Council figures show that currently the Tamworth region has 192 women battling breast cancer, while Armidale has 75, Moree 36, Narrabri 43, withanother 30 between Uralla and Walcha.

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One last push to save Perth Airport driver’s centre

Noise complaints were an issue at DTEC. Photo: MC Motorsport DTEC has trained Perth drivers for many years – but has shut it doors. Photo: RAC
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For more than three months the racing track at the former RAC Driving Centre at Perth’s International Airport has been silent.

In October last year the facility shut its doors after twelve years of operation, scuttled by noise complaints from local residents.

Now there’s a chance the facility, known as DTEC, could re-open – but with motorsport taken out of the equation.

“The centre will be reborn as a not for profit enterprise concerned solely with driver training in both cars and motorbikes. For school students, members of the public and emergency services,” said Jeff Ash who has been leading a community push to re-open DTEC.

The facility’s racetrack and off road areas were used to train thousands of amateur drivers in everything from racing techniques to recovering from spins, with emergency services also using the track to train for emergency situations.

So far Mr Ash has had little luck persuading the RAC or the airport to let the centre operate again as it once was.

But he’s hoping that by stopping any motorsport activities there and emphasising driver training, education and charity events, the centre can find a new lease of life that fits with local desires and community needs.

“This means that the venue will be also be available for cycling, national car club meets and charity events. It also means that everyone can individually support the centre and its work by becoming a member.

“We are still working on the finer points of the membership scheme but it will entail a yearly fee that entitles you to a certain number of training sessions per year.”

Mr Ash has sent a submission to the airport outlining the not for profit model of operation, and says removing motorsport could eliminate any noise issues while still allowing a valuable community service to operate.

“There are charity days like one run by Rotary where they show young drivers the consequences of dangerous driving. That could be run again at the centre. There is so much we can do there and make a contribution.”

With the closure of DTEC, only Barbagallo Raceway is available for motorsport enthusiasts in Perth – though the track is presently closed to motorcycling events after the death of rider Chris Adley in November 2016.

The ‘Save The RAC Driving Training and Education Centre’ Facebook group has more than seven thousand members, and Mr Ash there is a groundswell of community support for a facility like DTEC that supports driving events for safety and charity.

But if this not for profit model of operation is rejected, Mr Ash concedes there’s a dwindling chance that the facility will be resurrected in any form.

“This has great value for the community. Emergency services can do their training there again, police pursuit and things like that. We can make it work if we get the chance.”

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Slack takes aim at bigger organisations with Enterprise Grid

Enterprise Grid lets various Slack workspaces share channels.Slack is a team communications tool that has suited smaller working groups. But in bigger organisations where a number of individuals may be using Slack to communicate within their own teams, they can become disconnected from each other. Slack has now introduced a new offering called Enterprise Grid which aims to facilitate communication between teams in large organisations and give administrators more control.
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With Microsoft trying to cut its grass with Teams, Slack has upped its game in trying to secure the favour of large organisations with the introduction of Enterprise Grid.

Enterprise Grid can be used to connect disparate Slack teams together and allows administrators to easily create new instances of the team chat tool, also known as “workspaces”, for new groups. It gives administrators centralised controls to deploy and manage Slack workspaces within their organisations.

Administrators have control of permissions along with security, policy and compliance settings, including for data retention, for each workspace. Grid also supports integrations with eDiscovery, data loss prevention (DLP) and offsite backup providers, including Palo Alto Networks, Bloomberg Vault, Skyhigh and Netskope.

A company can create an unlimited number of workspaces internally. All of these workspaces can have shared communications channels, which serves as a bridge between two or more workspaces. This allows teams to collaborate cross-functionally, without exposing one another to sensitive information or share details that are unnecessary for the other groups.

According to Slack:

“Now with Grid, a new single layer spans the entire company, and enables people to find each other, information, and workspaces relevant to their role or team. Search, one-to-one and group direct messaging, and discoverable workspaces all exist in this layer, which means that people can sign into Slack once and have access to all the tools, people, and spaces they need to do their job.”

Slack already integrates with a number of third-party applications including Salesforce, IBM, Box, Adobe, and G-Suite. It has now formed a new partnership with SAP to add a portfolio of integrations across Hana Cloud Platform, SuccessFactors and Concur to Slack.

Slack operates on a subscription model but there’s no pricing details available for Enterprise Grid. Organisations interested in implementing Grid will have to contact Slack’s sales team directly. is your expert guide on how to get things done and do everything better.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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Fleeting NW summer

getting a good soaking: The view near Braddon’s Lookout at Leith was obscured by heavy rain on January 13. Picture: Brodie Weeding.
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“When is summer coming?” is how much of the weather chatter around the North-West went during the month of January.

While there were some clear warm days, the Bureau of Meteorology’s January climate summary tells the story of a cool, slightly wetter than average month.

The average temperature for January around the North-West sat at about 21 degrees for most towns.

Both Burnie and Devonport recorded average temperatures of 21.6 degrees for the month.

The hottest January day for Burnie was 27.3 degrees, for Devonport it was 25.3 degrees, for Marrawah it was 26 degrees and for Sheffield it was 27.1 degrees.

A spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology said rainfall was below average in parts of the West, but above average in the North.

“Cools days were more frequent than warm ones overall, especially in the west, and it was particularly cool from January 18 to20,” the spokesman said.

The lowest temperature in Burnie was recorded on Januarys 19 at 9.5 degrees, at Devonport it was recorded at 7.8 degrees and at Wynyard it was recorded at 5.5 degrees.

The lowesttemperature in Smithton was recorded on January 29 at 4.6 degrees and the lowest at Sheffield was recorded at 2.9 degrees on January 19.

Another weather marker of January was the prevalence of mild nights and string of cool morning, particularly from January 15 to January 22.

The total rainfall for the month in Burnie was recorded at 60 millimetres but at Devonport it was recorded at 28 millimetres.

At Marrawah it was recorded at 62.6 millimetres, at Sheffield it was recorded at 53 millimetres and at Wynyard it was recorded at 60 millimetres.

At Luncheon Hill weather station on the West Coast the total rainfall was recorded at 88.4 millimetres which was 11.8 millimetres higher than the average for the month.

The Bureau of Meteorology spokesman reported that gusty westerly winds were more common than is typical for January.

Statewide, the hottest temperature of the month was recorded at 34.7 degrees at Friendly Beaches and the coldest day was recorded at6.5 degrees at Mount Read.

Liawenee had the coldest night at -2.7 degrees on January 19.

Mount Read was the wettest place in the state,recording 240.4 millimetres of rain.

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