April, 2019

Pampas chickpeas on track

ON TRACK: Wayne Melton says the wet weather has presented plenty of challenges for this year’s chickpea crop on Culverthorpe, Pampas.FARM manager Wayne Melton says ongoingwet weather has presented plenty of challenges forthis year’s chickpea crop on Culverthorpe, Pampas, but he is confident it will be a repeat of last year’s 3 tonne/hectare harvest.
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Mr Melton said the PBA HatTrick variety chickpeas had been planted on irrigation hills at 1m centres and coped relatively well in persistent wet weather.

“The cropwill certainly be late because of the wet weather,” Mr Melton said.“We’ll probablyharvest inlate November but its looking pretty good considering what we have been through.Even in the best season, chickpeas can be hard to manage but we’re on track to repeat last year’s 3tharvest.”

The 40hacrop, which is currently in flower, was planted following last year’s cotton crop. It has been sprayed three times to combat wet weather related diseases.

PBA HatTrickis an ascochyta resistant desi chickpea that is described as being well suited to the current chickpea growing areas in southern Queensland andnorthern NSW.HatTrickis the first variety to combine moderate to high levels of resistance to the two key diseases ascochyta blight and phytophthora root rot. According to Pulse Australia, more than 95pcof thechickpea crop is exported.

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Barista and bartender alert

A SCHOLARSHIP of$20,000 is up for grabs for a talented young Hunter Valleyhospitality professional or hospitality hopeful.
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The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSWin conjunction with Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) is calling for nominations for the 2016 Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship.

The winner of the $20,000 award,targeted at recent school leavers living in regional NSW, will undertake a 2.5 year Bachelor of Business Degree at the BMIHMS.

The scholarship grant goes towards the costs of accommodation associated with the degree.

AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said the scholarship was a life-changing opportunity to kick-start a career in an important and dynamic industry.

“If you are just about to finish school, or have recently finished, and dream of working in hospitality throw your hat in the ring,” Mr Whelan said.

“Our industry is fortunate to be made up of many talented men and women who got their start in regional NSW.

“This scholarship is a way we can give back to regional communities and ensure we have the quality people to lead us in the future.”

Entries close on 28 October and are open to any young male or female living in regional NSW.

Applicants can be 17 when applying but must be over the age of 18 when the degree commences.

Hopefuls can nominate themselves, or be nominated by an employer or someone else who thinks they would be a worthy recipient.

They can already be working in a pub, or a student keen to get a foot in the hospitality door. For further information – or an application form – contact the AHA NSW scholarship co-ordinator on (02) 8218 1877 or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

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Reforms or extinction an easy decision

PARTY TIME: Greyhound breeders, owners, trainers and supporters celebrate NSW Premier Mike Baird’s decision on Tuesday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
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ORANGE’S greyhound owners, trainers and breeders pledged to preservetheir industry by adhering to stricter rules and regulations after NSW Premier Mike Baird repealed his controversial ban on racing.

Mr Baird on Tuesday scrapped his Government’splans to abolishracing in the state on July 1 next year, instead granting greyhound stakeholders what he termed ‘one last chance’ to regulate themselves and rub out all traces of animal cruelty.

The Premier’s conditions –to be refined by a Greyhound Industry Reform Panel chaired by former premier Morris Iemma –will likely include a reduction in the number of tracks, a bond on every dog bred, birth-to-death registering requirements and mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for those found guilty of live baiting.

David Pringle, who breeds 30 pups per year at his Clergate property, believes the reforms will cause only “a little suffering” for those whose livelihoods are tied to the state’s 34 tracks.

“The authorities have already been reforming greyhound racing for the past 18 months,” Mr Pringle said, noting breeding had been halved in that period.

“I’m sure everybody in the industry will work with what we’ve been given.”

The exception, according to Mr Pringle, was the mooted $1500 bond on all pups, which would financially cripple breeders and “shut down the industry” if instituted.

Colin Miller, who hasowned, trained and bred greyhoundsfor 40 years, said Tuesday’s decisionvindicated the industry’s three-month fight.

“They thought we were just going to roll over and take it but we showed them,” Mr Miller said.

“There was a lot at stake and we were always going to fight it.”

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Attendees quiz Eppalock candidates

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Lockwood candidates speak at City of Greater Bendigo election forumCommunity groups survey Bendigo council candidatesBendigo residents hear from Whipstick ward candidatesAttendees made the most of anopportunity toquestioncandidates for the Eppalock ward of the City of Greater Bendigo.

More than 30 minutes of the two-hour forum at Strathdale Community Centre on Tuesday were devoted to questions from the audience.

Queriesranged from whether or notcandidates were part of a voting blocto their transparency in financial and policy decisions,andknowledge of rate capping.

The eight participating candidates raced through the questions set by the event organisers, which raised thetopics of climate change and the environment, integrated transport and cultural diversity and governance.

Yvonne Wrigglesworth,Rosemary Glaisher,Helen Leach,Susie Hawke,Mark Weragoda,Brenton Johnson,Margaret O’Rourke andGeoff Stephens took part in the forum.

George Flack and Colin Carrington did not attend.

The Eppalock forum was the third and final ofa series of pre-election events organised by the Bendigo Sustainability Group, Progress Bendigo and Bike Bendigo.

Lockwood candidates featured the night before, and Whipstick ward candidates spoke the week prior.

The forums builton asurvey,which asked candidates questions based on the council’senvironment, cultural diversity, land use and transport, and housing strategies and plans.

All 10of the Eppalock ward candidates submitted responses, of which Margaret O’Rourke’swas highest ranked.

Full responses are available on theBendigo Sustainability Group website.

The City of Greater Bendigo council election is on October 22.

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