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南京夜网 19/06/2018

Climate change a burning issue

IT has been a hot, hot summer so far and the bushfires raging in our area and throughout Australia are just an outward symbol of what is going on with the climate.
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Naysayers will argue that Australia has always been prone to bushfires, heatwaves and droughts.

Though this is true, the intensity and scope of the recent fires should however be signalling to all that maybe something else is afoot.

This is not ‘climate as usual’. We are seeing climate change in action. The Bureau of Meteorology even had to add two new colours to its weather maps. Things are heating up!

Unfortunately these fires and the recent extreme heat are not likely to be one off events. It is expected that in our future will see them more frequently and with increased intensity.

This was hit home in a little flagged, yet excellent, report released by the Australian Climate Commission, “Off the Charts: Extreme Australian Summer Heat”.

The key messages from the report are:

* The length, extent and severity of the current Australian heatwave is unprecedented in the measurement record.

* Although Australia has always had heatwaves, hot days and bushfires, climate change is increasing the risk of more frequent and longer heatwaves and more extreme hot days, as well as exacerbating bushfire conditions.

* Climate change has contributed to making the current extreme heat conditions and bushfires worse.

* Good community understanding of climate change risks is critical to ensure we take appropriate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to put measures in place to prepare for, and respond to, extreme weather.

The take home message from this report is clear – climate change is something that we can no longer ignore and hope will go away.

It is not something that will only affect future generations. It is here and it is now.

As a community we need to adapt to the changes that are already upon us and we need to work towards mitigating the consequences that are likely to arise in the future.

For this to happen there needs to be a general acceptance that climate change is happening.

It is easy living in an area as beautiful, clean and temperate as ours to be lulled into a false sense of security that all is well in the world. A quick look at the weather in the past year, however, tells a different story. Severe floods were experienced in China, the Philllipines, Bangladesh, Nigeria, the UK and Australia.

Drought affected millions in Africa, and Brazil and two-thirds of the continental USA.

Wildfires raged throughout Brazil, Colorado, Rwanda and Australia and superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha left death and destruction in their paths.

Severe climate events are happening more and more frequently throughout the world. This should be telling us something.

For more information on climate news and green living visit my blog at www.thegreenb南京夜网.au

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南京夜网 19/06/2018

No shortage of talent for Wagga Rodeo

RODEO stock contractor John Gill says southernNSWis home to the most talented cowboys and cowgirls in Australia.
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He saidWaggashould be put on a pedestal because of the calibre of rodeo talent within a 100 kilometre radius of the city.

Mr Gill is looking forward to the upcoming Gil MathewWaggaPro Rodeo at theEquexCentre on February 16 where his best bulls and horses will be matched up with the most accomplished competitors.

Some of the riders planning to enter the event include Brad Peirce fromToomawho is currently leading the all-round cowboy standings within the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA).

Mr Pierce will experience tough competition from current all-around champion cowboy with theAPRARhysAngland.

Other accomplished performers in rodeo include Adele Edwards fromNanguswho was the pro-tour champion with theAPRAlast year and is currently leading the all-around cowgirl standings.

Cowboys Brad Pierce (left) and Rhys Angland with Miss Rodeo Australia Bobbie-Jo Geisler. Picture: French’s Rodeo Photos

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New junior tennis comp starts

TERRIFIC TENNIS: Junior tennis player Hannah Webb warms up before her division three matches. Photo Therese Spillane.The new Saturday Morning Junior Tennis Comp started lastweekend February 2.
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The results were as follows: Div. 1: Armand 5 ½ defM.Sydenham 2 ½ (Nick Armand winning all 4 sets, even on games); Anderon 5 ½ defS. Sydenham 2 ½.

Div. 2: Pheeney 6 def Hare 2; White 7 def Latta 1 (AnnaSotriffer winning all 3 sets).

Div. 3: Miller 6 ½ def M. Gear 1 ½; J.Gear 5 ½ def Clough 2½; (only 2 gamnes difference).

Div. 4: Smith 4 drew with A. Brown 4; Cross 4 drew with Gunn4; Fisher 6 def J. Brown 2. Specialthaks to this week’s fill-ins: Brad O’Neill, Candice Gumley, CaseyAnderson.

There will be no Junior Tennis Next Week as the 15th AnnualSeniors Tournament will be on at Ulladulla Courts.

Don’t forget to come along to see some great tennis that allages will enjoy!

Junior Tennis will resume the following week.

In our junior comp we have four divisions, so there is roomfor all abilities of player.

You must be able to have a small rally and serve 50per centof balls into the court to play in the comp.

We are always looking for more fill-ins, so if you want tohave a go and can’t commit to playing every week, why not think about being areserve?

Anyone interested in being a reserve should phone ASAP to beincluded.

Remember as a junior member, you can play for free as oftenas you like, with another junior member or a parent whenever there is a freecourt available.

There are 12 courts, so use them.

Anyone with any junior enquiries should phone Kerrie on 44555064

Harris Scarfe Monday Ladies Comp

The new Ladies Day Comp started this Monday, February 4.

We now have four divisions of five teams in our tennis comp,allowing for a little more movement between the divisions to strengthen theplay.

There is a place for all abilities of player.

You must be able to have a small rally and serve 50 per centof balls into the court to play in the comp.

If you are unable to do this and want to learn to play, givecoach Luke Jane a ring for some tuition on 0420 976 696.

We are always looking for more fill-ins, so if you want tohave a go and can’t commit to playing every week, why not think about being areserve?

Any players with enquiries or problems should phone Robyn on0414 249 063.

Ulladulla Hosts 15th Annual Seniors Tournament

Players will journey from Sydney, Canberra, many NSWregional centres, to play in the Milton Ulladulla 15th Annual SeniorsTournament this coming weekend Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9 andSunday, February 10.

Friday we will host singles play starting at 11.30am atUlladulla Courts, while on Saturday and Sunday there will be ladies and men’sdoubles in the morning, with mixed doubles in the afternoons at both Milton andUlladulla Courts.

There will be a canteen and bar operating throughout thedays with a special players barbecue on Saturday night.

All are welcome to come along and enjoy the great tennis.

With free entry it is well worth a look.

Tournament director, Val Crook has been kept busy,organising the weekend’s play.

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Red Hot Summer draws thousands

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Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

Red Hot Summer Tour in Traralgon

THOUSANDS of revelers rocked out to Australian music at the Red Hot Summer concert at Traralgon’s Victory Park on Sunday.





Headliner Jimmy Barnes, along with Dragon, Baby Animals, Chocolate Starfish and Ian Moss drew about 2800 people to the park, which was a great result for the afternoon concert.

Promoter Duane McDonald said the crowd was “well behaved” and “into it from the start” with excitement peaking when Jimmy Barnes performed.

“He really wound the crowd up,” Mr McDonald said.

“He (Barnes) said it was the best gig of the tour so far,” adding there had been about 15 other concerts as part of the tour

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This was the second time Jimmy Barnes has visited Traralgon as part of Red Hot Summer, drawing a bigger crowd this time.

“The concert will definitely be back next year,” Mr McDonald said.

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EDITORIAL: Hiccups on the rail line

AS soon as the government announced a new rail terminus for Newcastle, transport buffs began asking whether the proposed Wickham site could accommodate all the necessary facilities.
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That was an operational question, they were told, and such questions would have to be carefully analysed by rail experts.

The first hints of where some of that analysis might lead are now emerging, with suggestions that the new arrangement may not be a mere substitution of one terminus for another.

It appears possible, for example, that Broadmeadow may become the new terminus for Sydney trains.

Reports to the government have apparently warned that extra rail traffic generated by empty trains from a Wickham terminus, now kept on the Newcastle line but likely to go to Broadmeadow for stabling in future, may force the permanent closure of the Beaumont Street level crossing.

Terminating Sydney trains at Broadmeadow station could help keep Beaumont Street open but might create other unexpected and possibly unwelcome effects for travellers on both the Sydney and Maitland lines.

And, as the government is acutely aware, interfering with the convenience of Maitland commuters has the potential to create a worse political headache than upsetting Newcastle’s Save Our Rail lobby and its adherents.

Meanwhile, reports of a possible cost blowout on the proposed Glendale interchange have transport planners and Hunter politicians understandably worried.

The cost of the basic first stage of the project – a bridge over the rail line at Pennant Street and associated road links – was estimated two years ago at $50million, but Lake Macquarie City Council is in the throes of revaluing the job.

The biggest problem with the project has been the difficulty in getting state and federal governments to commit enough funds.

With $15million from the state, $10million from the council and a paltry $7million from the federal government, the project is already short of cash. Any blowout will sorely test its viability.

Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell got it right when he said the job needed to start as soon as possible in order to attract developer contributions and avoid further cost inflation.

Even the first stage of the interchange stands to benefit the Hunter by unlocking new opportunities for private investment on both sides of the railway line.

The region can’t tolerate more delays, and tight cost control will be crucial.

南京夜网 19/06/2018

Tennis champs to play in Ulladulla

US VISITOR: Milton Ulladulla District Tennis Association tournament convenor Val Crook with Lin Chow who will be visiting Ulladulla from San Francisco in the US to contest the ladies doubles.Some of the nation’s best senior tennis players will competein Ulladulla this weekend.
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Players from all parts of NSW, the ACT. and Queensland aswell as one entrant from the USA will take part in the 180 strong 15th annualSeniors Tournament this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

BIG4 Bungalow Park is a major sponsor of tennis in theMilton-Ulladulla region.

The park also sponsors the annual South Pacific Opentournament in November each year.

Besides providing prize money for the tournament, BIG4Bungalow Park also offers players a special accommodation deal and provides amajor raffle prize of seven days’ accommodation at the park for six people.

The men’s and women’s singles will be contested on Fridaycommencing at 11.30am followed by the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles onSaturday and Sunday with play commencing at 8am and going through to about 6pmeach day.

All 12 courts at the Ulladulla centre and two courts atCroobyar Road, Milton will be used throughout the weekend.

Competing in the events this year will be Enid Besant-Ryan -vice president of Tennis Seniors Australia, Patrick Moloney – secretary of TennisSeniors Australia and secretary of Tennis Seniors ACT, Mick Bruton – presidentof Tennis Seniors NSW and Robyn Castle – secretary of Tennis Seniors NSW andpublicity officer for Tennis Seniors Australia.

The support of these Tennis Seniors Australia and TennisSeniors NSW executive members is indicative of the esteem in which this annualtournament is held.

At the Australian Teams Championships, held in Perth in January, NSWagain became the champion State.

Representing NSW was 59 players in varying age groups from35 to 80.

Of that representation, 13 will be playing in the Ulladullatournament.

Some matches not to be missed will be the Women’s Over 45singles when Cathy Benson (Aust. ranking No. 8), Anne Rouse (No. 10), AlisonRadford (No. 12), and Sandra Bunce (No.13) who will all go head to head in around robin situation. Also not to be missed will be the Men’s Over 55 singleswith Colin Holgate (No. 7) and Rick Genge (No. 10) battling it out.

Tennis fans are invited to catch some of the action over thethree day tournament.

Entry to the tenniscentre is free of charge and the canteen and refreshment tent will beoperating.

There are ample viewing areas to all courts.

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OPINION: Tans are fading but still too many get burnt

I GREW up with regular family Sunday summer “beach tea” at Nobbys or Bar Beach. I still love ploughing up and down for a few laps at Merewether baths, or body surfing at Dixon Park when I’m in town.
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Like most Novocastrians I love the chances to enjoy the delights of the Hunter outdoors.

But there is a price too many Australians pay for the magnificent climate and beach lifestyle.

That price is skin cancer. And the Hunter Region records higher rates than most other regions in NSW and well above the national average.

The Cancer Council has been banging on about sun protection and reducing our skin cancer risk for more than 25 years.

I remember well the first summertime ‘‘slip, slop, slap’’ adverts when I was a teenager.

I was probably sporting a well burnt nose and maybe a few blisters when they went to air.

Time has moved on and we’ve all seen the scary ads of the melanoma entering the bloodstream or the sad story of young Wes Bonny who was diagnosed with a melanoma at the age of 23.

But is it making any difference?

Well, new Cancer Council research released today shows Australian adults are less interested in getting a suntan and fewer are being sunburnt.

The research compares the results of the National Sun Protection Survey conducted in summer 2010-11 with the surveys in 2003-04 and 2006-07.

In the summer of 2003-04, 32per cent of teenagers said they attempted to get a tan, while 22per cent tried to tan up in 2010-11.

Fewer reported getting sunburnt at the weekend – 25per cent in 2003-04, compared with 21per cent in 2010-11.

Adults did better, with 18per cent being burned on the weekend just before they were surveyed in 2003-04, but just 13per cent in 2010-11.

Fewer of us wanting a tan and lower sunburn rates are great and important progress.

But it still means that about 363,000 teens and 2 million adults are still getting sunburnt on any given summer weekend.

We need to get these numbers down.

The sunburnt among us said they ‘‘stayed in the sun too long’’, ‘‘forgot’’ to protect themselves, or the sunscreen ‘‘wore off’’.

Burning during water sports – at the beach, pool or river – was not uncommon.

And a really big worry is the growing gap between men and women when it comes to skin cancer.

Blokes are more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer – one in 14 men diagnosed with melanoma compared with one in 23 women.

When diagnosed, blokes are more likely to die of it.

And there is no reason for that other than the choices we make.

Worryingly, the number of skin cancers reported is still increasing, as prevention efforts today take a generation to be measured in the skin cancer stats.

More than 750,000 non-melanoma skin cancers were diagnosed in Australia in 2010. Figures are estimated to approach 1 million cancers treated by 2015. Frightening!

And we are paying a king’s ransom to treat this preventable disease.

As a nation we are spending more than $500million a year treating skin cancer, and probably less than 1per cent of that on prevention.

It is pure madness to be spending so little on preventing this disease when we are spending so much on treating it.

Some long-term thinking is required as the prevention dollar spent today will yield clear benefits in a few decades.

The Hunter outdoors… love it but don’t die because you love it. Save your own skin and cover up.

Terry Slevin is an education and research director with the Cancer Council.

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OPINION: Extra care now will pay off in the future

THE recent interest in access to Stockton Bight has been a great opportunity to help raise discussion on the importance of the Worimi Conservation Lands.
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This spectacular coastal landscape was formally returned to its Worimi traditional owners in 2007.

Aboriginal cultural connections with these lands have always been strong, and continue today.

In negotiating the joint management agreement with government that led to the creation of the national park, the local Worimi traditional owners committed to sustainable public access to Stockton Bight, while also ensuring the long-term protection of their cultural sites.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service jointly manages these lands with its traditional Aboriginal owners through a Board of Management, with the board setting the goal of protecting the area’s unique cultural landscape while continuing to provide opportunities for the community to enjoy a range of recreational opportunities.

Given its wonderful landscape, increased rates of four-wheel-drive ownership, along with improved access, better information and the fact that approximately five million people live within 2 hours drive, the large and growing popularity of the park is not surprising.

During busy weekends and summer holidays, it is common for hundreds of four-wheel drives to enter the park via the beach entrances at Williamtown and Anna Bay.

While the board has been working hard to facilitate this, it is inevitable that this increasing use will need to be managed if our children are to have the same opportunities in the future that we cherish now.

The beach and dune system at the Worimi Conservation Lands is dynamic. A highly mobile and complex system, it includes the beachfront, sparsely vegetated frontal dunes, and the towering dunes we all associate with the area.

Between the frontal dune and the mobile dunes is the lower undulating area with more vegetation, including wetland plants depending on rain, ground water levels and wind-blown sand. All of these areas contain an extraordinary diversity of Aboriginal sites and cultural material, evidence of the past 6000 years of occupation by the Worimi.

As the weather moves sand around, some sites are exposed, while others are buried.

These Aboriginal sites and the frontal dune itself are susceptible to damage from vehicles, and the board needs to be very careful in all of the decisions it makes to ensure these values are managed.

In early June 2012, a low-pressure system hit Stockton Bight during one of the biggest high tides of the year.

The extreme tide combined with strong southerly winds and the swell had a big impact on the park, with seawater pushing through the frontal dune causing extensive flooding and erosion, swamping camping areas.

Damage from this storm was exacerbated by years of vehicles crossing the frontal dune, which had cut gaps or blowouts through the dune, compromising its function as a barrier to seawater.

The resulting storm surge caused damage right through to the base of the high dunes, with extensive damage to dunes, vegetation and Aboriginal sites. The Worimi Conservation Lands were temporarily closed after the storm. The beachfront and the recreation vehicle area were re-opened to vehicles shortly thereafter.

While there has been some natural recovery of the beach and dune system, progress is slow.

As a result, the camping areas in the dunes remain closed, and the redevelopment of camping areas is being considered in the draft plan of management.

The board and the traditional owners remain committed to trying to provide safe and sustainable camping opportunities, and are working towards this outcome.

After two years of community consultation, the draft plan of management for the area is nearing completion.

The plan will address visitor access, including four-wheel driving and camping.

It will be on public exhibition for at least 90 days, when anyone interested is invited to make a submission.

I encourage people to register their interest in the draft plan of management through www.worimiconservationlands南京夜网 and stay involved in the discussion.

Robert Quirk is the Lower North Coast Region manager for the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.

CONSERVE: The Worimi Conservation Lands at Stockton Beach have traditional and recreational value.

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Lamb market volatility

Late last year I outlined why lamb prices were struggling.
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Since mid December 2012 we have seen a 60 to 70c/kg improvement in most lamb categories despite much of our region remaining dry.

I expect further improvements within the approaching few weeks as kill space in abattoirs improve, Easter approaches, skin values continue to improve and supply and demand patterns return to some normality.

One interesting aspect of recent price improvements has been ‘heavy’ lamb categories outperforming the ‘trade’ lamb category on a cents/kg basis.

Historically this only happens occasionally and usually for short (two to four week) periods.

Since 2008 trade lambs have averaged 13c/kg more than heavy lambs, with a peak difference last year when trades averaged 61 c/kg more across the year.

The 2013 values, however, see trade lambs averaging 17c/kgHSCWless – a trend since October 2012.

Why? The likely answer is that over recent years exporters have focused more on ‘lighter’ carcass markets such as the Middle East, are now sourcing more of the ‘heavier’ end trade lambs for traditional export markets and seasonal conditions had, until recently, allowed lambs to be taken through to heavier weights.

I’d also suggest that industry, as a whole, has now decided that big is not necessarily better both in terms of breeding stock and lamb weights and the current heavy lamb price advantage is due to lack of numbers and seasonal conditions more so than a swing towards traditional export categories in the long term.

What to make of the struggling mutton market?

The National Mutton Market Indicator has staged a mini revival in recent weeks after trending downwards since August 2012.

Why had the market dropped so far and so quickly? What are likely price trends in coming months?

Do you sell now or carry numbers through?

If we look at historical trends in terms of mutton slaughter patterns mutton numbers generally increase from July through to a December peak, with a corresponding decline in price. Conversely, and as we see with the lamb industry reduced mutton supply approaching winter months usually see an improvement insaleyardvalues .

Since 1996 mutton has averaged around 175c/kg – slightly higher than current values.

Prices since 2006 however, including the 400+c/kg prices received during 2010/11, have pushed the short term average closer to 270c/kg.

So although current prices are close to long term averages they are still 100c/kg below short term (five to six year) averages.

Unfortunately, as with the lamb market, we have seen major corrections in mutton values following several prosperous years.

So when to sell?

Historically producers have received between 10 to 25 per cent less (compared to the 12 monthly mutton average) between the months of September through to March.

Producers therefore are currently trading within a traditionally low price trough. Given that we are likely to see the clearing of the current mutton supply backlog, likely improvements in mutton values, continued improvements in the skin and wool market segments.

Also a tightening of lamb supply will see some processors focus on increased mutton kills it may therefore be worthwhile retaining and supplementing orfeedlottingthose animals in better condition and/or carrying a reasonable jacket.

Geoff Duddy from NSW DPI

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The first day of school now a reality

The youngest member of the Brightman family, Jackson, spent the holidays marking off the days until his first official day at Dubbo Central – which has now become a reality.
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For this bubbly five-year-old the holidays have been an excitement-laden time filled with trying on new shoes, parading around in his crisply-pressed school uniform for the family and counting down the sleeps – like a child waiting for Santa – until the beginning of his first day in kindergarten.

Jackson’s just a little fish in a very big pond, according to his mother Jodie who, despite having two elder step-children, has never experienced sending a little one off on their first big step into the big, wide world.

“We’re all excited, but I don’t think I’m anywhere near as thrilled about it as Jackson,” Ms Brightman said in the lead-up to Jackson’s first day.

“Oh my God, I’ve been trying not to think about it. I can feel the tears welling up as we speak.”

A miracle baby thanks to the wonder of modern IVF treatment, Jackson is Jodie and partner, Adam’s, only child together. She has personally watched Adam’s children Sarah, 19, and Sam, 17 make the transition from childhood into young adults, but admits nothing has quite prepared her for the inevitable transition of their youngest from home life to school.

Though Jackson’s been in part-time day care since the age of six months, the thought of only having her “baby” running around the house on weekends is an alien concept for Jodie.

“Adam keeps laughing at me, but he’s been through this before. I know a lot of parents like to talk up their children, but Jackson’s always been a very confident little kid, so I know he won’t have problems making friends or fitting in,’’ she said.

“It’s all the different dangers that frighten me, like making sure he remembers to look left and right before crossing the road outside the school, or remembering not to talk to strangers… as a parent you drum those sorts of things into your children but it’s not until you send them off that you really begin to worry about it.

“I don’t think Jackson will have problems with me leaving him at school that first morning. I’m pretty sure though when I’m alone I’ll have a cry to myself.”

Despite her reserved anxiety, the start of Jackson’s schooling life is also a time teeming with an endless array of new possibilities and experiences, for Jodie and Adam included.

“I’m looking forward to when we can watch Jackson in his first game of soccer, or see him race in his first swimming carnival… it’s those little things as a mum you look forward to and cherish,” she said.

Young Jackson, spent the holidays counting down the day until his first day at Dubbo Central.

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