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SINKHOLE SURPRISE SHOCKS SPRAYERS
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:42
Naracoorte local Max Schinckel had a narrow escape on a farming property earlier this week, when a two metre deep sinkhole suddenly appeared after he’d driven over it in a tractor and spray unit. Max said the three metre wide sinkhole just opened up underneath the equipment and he was very lucky that he and the machinery didn’t end up at the bottom of it. The driver of the tractor was thrown out of his seat and hit his head on the roof of the cab. Not knowing what had occurred, he jumped out and was shocked to discover the huge hole. Owner of the Kybybolite property Andrew Shephard said it was the first sinkhole he’d ever come across on his farm.
 
FLU JABS STILL RECOMMENDED – WORST IS YET TO COME
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:41
Reported cases of the flu have doubled since the beginning of July, and SA Health are urging South Australians to get their influenza vaccinations, as the peak flu season has not hit yet. 2015 was a record flu year, with more than 15,000 South Aussies hit with the illness. Unfortunately the Bordertown Pharmacy had run out of the vaccine when this report went to print, but shots are still available from your GP.
 
NUCLEAR ENGAGEMENT ROADSHOW WILL BE BACK
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:41
The Nuclear Engagement roadshow has held its first community consultation in Bordertown this week, and Naracoorte, Keith and Penola will have the opportunity to find out more when the roadshow returns in September. The aim of the consults is to involve residents in discussions about the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s Report.
 
CENSUS CONFUSION BUT DON’T PANIC
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:41
Residents in the Tatiara have been told not to panic if they haven’t received their Census papers yet. Conflicting information in the media about the process, including this year’s push for people to fill out their Census details on-line, has been confusing. A local coordinator advises that Field Officers will be delivering forms to homes right up until Monday August 8, and these can either be posted back or will be collected by a Field Officer. The nationwide collection of Census data, amongst other things, helps the government to allocate funding to areas of need in our communities, and also looks at the key characteristics of people living in or visiting Australia on Census night and the dwellings they live in. Anyone needing assistance can check out census.abs.gov.au or call 1300 214 531.
 
RESEARCH UPDATE FOR GRAIN GROWERS IN NARACOORTE
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:40
Grain growers in the South East are invited to attend the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s research update event in Naracoorte on August 24. Funded research projects will be discussed, that will aim to address the needs of growers in the South East. Topics on the table will be pulse breeding activities, management practices around water logging, nutrition of crops and research into weed management. Guest speakers from SARDI, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, the University of Adelaide, Queensland University of Technology, and the MacKillop Farm Management Group will report on various topics. For a copy of the program and to register, visit grdc.com.au
 
FORUMS FOR FINANCIAL DETOX FOR WOMEN
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:40
Upcoming Women’s Wellness forums across the Tatiara will focus on financial detox and de-stress. The theme of the forums for women is about financial health and well-being and will be accompanied by either breakfast or dinner depending on the location. Topics such as life insurance, tax, retirement and superannuation will be discussed, with keynote speakers who’ll attempt to take the stress out of financial planning in a fun environment. Venue dates are: August 15 at Tintinara Hotel for supper, August 16 at Keith Football club for breakfast, August 16 at Padthaway Bowling Club for supper and August 17 at the Bordertown Civic Centre for breakfast. Breakfast costs just $10 per person, with supper presentations costing $15. RSVP to Louise Johnson on 0428 573 086 or Penny Moorhouse on 0408 384 387.
 
NEW SAFETY BARRIERS NOT SO SAFE
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:39
New road safety barriers in Naracoorte are causing concern for locals and rural road users, and a number of constituents have called on MP for MacKillop Mitch Williams to act. The barriers that have been installed on the shoulders of the Wimmera and Riddoch Highways are deemed too tight and narrow, and aren’t wide enough to allow farm machinery to move along the roads, and cars don’t have enough room to safely pull off to the side to get out of their way. Mitch Williams and others are worried that not enough room is available to safely pull off the highway if motorists run out of petrol or have some kind of emergency. These issues have been put to the Minister for Road Safety Peter Malinauskas , who has agreed to investigate.
 
LIVESTOCK SA ANNUAL MEETING NOT HAPPY WITH STATE GOVERNMENT
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:39
Livestock SA’s Southern Regional annual meeting was held in Mount Gambier last week, with more than 60 producers attending the sheep industry blueprint workshop and dinner afterwards. Key points of the workshop were animal welfare and biosecurity. Former Victorian Premier Denis Napthine was a special guest speaker, and the former vet encouraged livestock producers to seize the significant opportunities for Aussie red meat exports, particularly in the emerging markets in Asia. Dr Napthine said that with Australia’s reputation for high-quality produce, clean environment and focus on animal welfare, farmers have the opportunity to take advantage of Australia’s reputation in the global marketplace as ethical red meat producers. During the formalities of the meeting, State President of Livestock SA Geoff Power from Orroroo, reported on the groups continued frustrations the State Government and livestock industry funds. He said producers need more transparency and control over how grower contributions to both sheep and cattle industry funds were spent, and cited that the group is frustrated over the State Government’s level of control in this area. They’re still waiting for the government to approve increases to the contribution rates, and during the meeting a motion was passed to request that Minister Leon Bignall approve the contribution rates increase without delay.
 
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