August, 2018

Get all the dirt on soil

EXPERIENCED: Dairy farmer Daniel Cochrane will speak about his own experiences, farm practices and how to make efficient use of fertilisers.South Coast Beef Producers Association (SCBPA) in partnership withLandcare Australia andSE Local Land Services is offering farmers an opportunity join the Healthy Soils Project.
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The groups are hosting a workshop, ‘Healthy Soils: How to get the most out of yours’, which willfeatureexperienced guest speakers to discussclimate modelling and what it means for the South Coast,physical and biological issues for soil health, river and stream health.

SCBPA executive officer Rob Stafford said the workshop is aboutproviding landowners and land managers with a how-toguide on soil health.

“It concentrates on the effects of a changing environment, such aslower rainfall and more east coast lows,” Mr Stafford said.

“In that sort of environment we need to change the way we are managing our soilto make sure that our agricultural horticulture is sustainable.”

“We’re looking at everything from climate towhat makes up a good healthy soil, fertiliser regimes,then we’re looking at case studies.”

Wogamia dairy farmer Daniel Cochrane will also speak about his own experiences, farm practicesand how to make efficient use of fertilisers.

“We’ve also got speakers who are runningsheep andcattle and horticulturistsand looking at what they do,” Mr Stafford said.

“Then we’ve got someone from fisheries and water who is talking about outflow from the system and the things we have to be aware of so wedon’t cause pollution.”

The workshop will be the first of eight heldin 2017.

“We want to get people to engagewith us through the next 12 months so ultimately at the end of it they’ve got a farm management plan that they institute on their farms so they get better performance, better productivity and more profitable.”

Healthy Soils: How to get the most out of yourswill be held on Friday, November 11, 9.30am to 2.30pm at Mollymook Beach Bowling and Recreation Club.

To reserve a place contact Linda Ayres on 0409 002 928.

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A moment of silence for Stephanie Scott

A waning moon bore silent witness to the recovery of Stephanie Scott’s body in April last year.
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In the early hours of Saturday, April 11, under State Emergency Service floodlights, the burnt and broken body of an innocent woman was retrieved from a farmer’s paddock next to Cocoparra National Park.

Eighteen months on, it’s still hard to reconcile how an innocent young bride-to-be could meet such a gruesome end.

According to the people who knew her, both family and friends, Steph’s only fault was she was perhapstoo friendly and too happy.

On the anniversary of her death, Steph’s father Robert described his daughter as an absolute joy,a vivacious andgenuine girlwho enjoyed being part of the community.

It’s in stark contrast to the picture of her killer that is now emerging.

Vincent Stanford reportedly fantasised about killing someonewhen he was as young as seven or eight and by the age of 12 he tried to strangle a school teacher in Holland.

Disturbing details of Stanford’s mental health were presented to the court on Tuesday.

A forensic psychologist reported “he does not want to adapt to society and believes he does not have the capacity to do so”.

While Steph’s body laid on a dark storeroom floor, Stanford had a cheese sandwich and a coffee. He drove around Leeton in her car before dumping her remains just a few metres from the road and setting them on fire.

His actions alone indicate a casual disregard for the life Stanford took on Easter Sunday. He even admitted to being emotionless when interviewed by police on the day Steph was found. “I just had to kill her,” Stanford told a detective.

It took mere moments to rob Steph and her fiance of their future together. Moments to take away Robert and Merilyn Scott’s future grandchildren. Moments that are now etched in the hearts of a generation.

Stanford will find out his fate on Thursday. The killer will finally get some kind of closure on this dark chapter of his life. But for the Scott family and for Aaron Leeson-Woolley, they will have to find a way to live with a Steph-shaped hole in their lives.

The moon is showing the other side of its face tonight and Cocoparra National Park is quiet and still. Perhaps it’s time we too take a moment of silence for Steph.

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Plan to mine more coal at Mandalong

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OPERATORS of the Mandalong Southern Extension Project have applied to increase coal production at the site by 500,000 million tonnes annually.

Centennial Mandalong Pty Ltd has lodged aproposed modification with theDepartment of Planning and Environmentseeking to increase the maximum annual production ofunprocessed coal from 6 to 6.5 million tonnes.

The proposal is on exhibition for public consultation until Monday, October 24.

TheMandalongSouthern Extension Project was approved by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) last October, despite public opposition from residents led by theMandalongCommunity Association.

The association raised concerns regarding alleged water pollution, noise impacts and mine subsidence.

The group’s vice-president,Angela Besant, was critical of Lake Macquarie City Council’s role in the matter at the time, sayingthe council was“supposed to be custodians and caretakers of the lake, but they’ve shown no interest in this and no interest inMandalong”.

The council saidit was not the authority to regulate or comment on any discharge from the mine, and that theNSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) had that responsibility.

Centennial asserted that it was adhering to its licence obligations and following the EPA guidelines.

The PAC approved the project, stating the issues could be “managed to an acceptable level”.

The Department of Planning and Environment is now inviting the community’s viewson the proposed modification for the mine near Morisset.

A spokesperson for the department said the localcommunity always had an opportunity to share its views.

“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicantwill have to respond to the feedback we receive,” they said.

“This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.

“We encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.”

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Pucker up and kiss a pig!

Kyneton Primary School captains Jaz Chambers, Jas Pornea and Jesse Smith (Francis Randall absent), and (front from left) teachers Darren Chambers and Michelle Thompson with Watts Fresh’s Dean Lamb and his piglets.Could one of these people be the lucky one to kiss a pig?
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That’s what the Kyneton Primary School community is getting excited about as the school’s fete on Saturday draws closer. The fete is a major fundraiser for school programs and the 2018 campus shift.

Principal Alister Rayner, the school captains, and teachers Darren Chambers, Michelle Thompson, David Romer and Linda Brown have all put their names forward to kiss a pig should their piggy bank reach the highest total.

The Kiss a Pig event is just one drawcard of this year’s fete which will also include the usual trash and treasure stalls, silent auction, petting zoo, rides, dunk tank and games including a lacrosse competition that will use a police radar gun to track the speed of each throw.

The school is promoting Kyneton in sourcing everything from within the town: from silent auction items to the pig that will be kissed – everything is local.

“The fete creates a good community feel and it we really show how the school appreciates and supports its local community,” said assistant fete coordinator, Liana Spoke.

Kyneton Primary School’s fete on this Saturday (October 15) from 10am to 3pm in the school grounds.

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Youtube star Frenchy to lead lesson in laughs

An Austinmer teacher-turnedcomedian who rose toYouTube fame poking fun at the “sh-t you’ll never hear in Wollongong” is poised for a homecoming show.
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Frenchy has created hundreds of clips for his self-made YouTube channel, SungaAttack, using the audience to help carve out a successful stand-up comedy career. Picture: supplied

Ben “Frenchy” French’s brand of blue collar humourhas found more than 1.5million social media followers and 200 million views in the three years since he got hisfirst taste of viral video.

He draws on past relationships, Tinder encounters, bloke cultureand time spent innightclubs and schoolsfor much of his often adults-onlymaterial, including the three years he spent shaping the region’s young minds.

Frenchyworkedas a substitute teacher at Keira High and Warilla, Corrimal, Bulli and Woonona high schools before one of his videos earnedhim a career-ending rebuke from the Board of Studies.

“[Former] students come to my shows all the time. It makes my night when they do.” Picture: supplied

“I filmed it in the school with the students, I got principal permission and got all the students to sign forms,” hetold the Mercury.“The problem was, a couple of the students forged the forms and when the parents complained the principal claimed she didn’thave any knowledge of it.

“I got a massive email from the Board of Studies.By that time I could live off my stand-up.I had about 50 YouTube videos all the students knew about and it was probably time to hang my boots up.

“It’s quite hard getting respect when your students have seen you pretend to be a slug, sliding up and down the beach.”

Frenchy, now of Darlinghurst, will appear at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on Thursday in his one-man stand-up show, World’s Worst Adult.

The show is expected to draw out online fans and an entourage of 20-something friends and collaborators.But the crowd is unlikely to include the 26-year-old comic’s mother and father, a social worker anda GP, respectively.

“They’re very polite and good Christian people; they don’treally swear or drink and they’re not really too fond of my style of comedy,” Frenchy said.“My parents cannot sit through my videos …They’re just happy I’m not teaching any more.”

Thursday’s show starts 8pm. Tickets: $29. Visit merrigong南京夜网419论坛 for full details.

LANGUAGE WARNING – ‘Losing my teaching license’ LANGUAGE WARNING: Frenchy and his The Roundabout Crew collaborator Tom Armstrong secured a $100,000 grant from Screen Australia to make a short web series, The Australiana Hostel, which was recently released to Youtube. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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