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Letters to the editor

BURNING ISSUES: Bendigo council’s plans to introduce an organic waste recycling scheme and Councillor Rod Campbell’s car arrangements continue to be debated.Organic waste scheme a cash grabCouncil performance is somethingour councillors always appear to get themselves into trouble withdue to a lack of entirelyengaging with the ratepayers in determining project priorities.
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Take, for example, the proposal to install an organic bin inBendigo. Has there been a comparativecost-benefit analysis undertaken to determine the best community benefit?

The three questions asked of a sample group isskewed towards the organic bin,whether we wantit or not.

An example of reciprocalpersuasion. “Thank you for your reply, now we need yourhelp”.

Ratepayers face an additional charge/tax of either $35 or $63, which is an ongoingincreasing tax, even though Bendigo is growing in dwellings.

At present, some 46,000 would bring inrevenue of $1.6 million per annum or $2.9 million per annum.Growing to 57,868 in year 2026 and66,580 by year 2036. You can work out the sums and that will be without the annual increase intax/charge.

The ageingpopulation –some 65,257 extra residents aged over 70 years by 2030 – having to deal withthis bin problem is not going away.

Not all will be living in hostels or care residences, as thegovernment pushes for more home care in their own residence,requiring more HACC services from council.

It is a cash grab by council without really addressing the issue of municipal, commercial and industrial waste.

There is a Australian Waste to Energy Forum to be held in Ballarat this week providinginformation on how todeal with waste and opportunities to resolve landfill problems.

Will the City of Greater Bendigo be represented at this forum? No, because they say they are workingwith a company to deal with a waste-to-energy business plan, yet can come up with a third bin fororganics.

Why not wait for the business caseand advise ratepayers of this project, which may doaway with the third bin?

Bill Collier,Golden SquareQuestions raised over councillor’s carIn support of Colin Burns’ letter, I note he did not question the commitment of Councillor Rod Campbell, only that he is supplied with a council pool vehicle24/7.

I have also raised this question many times with the City ofGreater Bendigo, the minister and also letters to the editor. I obtained my information from afellow councillor who was not happy the way in which the CEO, under his instrument of delegation, approved the first specially fitted-out leased vehicle for Cr Campbell.

Due to the costs of leasing this secondhand vehicle, the council then purchased a new specially fitted-out poolvehicle –aVW Caddy (which is for any council staff use) but this vehicle has never been in the car pool yard because when it is not being used byCr Campbell it is at his residence, whilst any other councillor wishing to use a pool vehicle must attend the vehicle pool to collect one.

At thetime, under the council support and reimbursement policy, the mayor was the only person supplied a vehicle. To assist Cr Campbell, the councilthen introduced their disability policy allowing him a vehicle, unfortunately this was a back-filling exercise as he already had the vehicle priorto this policy coming into force.

Since no other councillor is afforded the luxury of a pool vehicle 24/7 at their residence, it would appear thatthey are the ones being discriminated against.

I have also been informed by the CEO that when Cr Campbell is no longer on council that this VWCaddy will alsogo.

Robert K Smallpage,HuntlyDo you have an opinion? Send your letters to the editor to [email protected]南京夜网419论坛, or PO Box 61, Bendigo, 3552.

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Students learn art of sheep shearingVideo

THE next generation of shearers are coming through the ranks of the industry thanks to a practical workshop being run at Ross.
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Participants in the sheep shearing workshop camp at Ross on Monday. Picture: Caitlin Jarvis.

A group of young people aged between 17 and 21 are learning all of the skills of sheep shearing and wool handling at the latest workshop camp hosted by Australian Wool Innovation.

Participants learn all of the skills of sheep shearing and wool-handling to equip them with the knowledge they need to get employed in the industry.

Coordinator Jack Monks said the sheep shearing industry was an ageing one and said the workshop camps were designed to help get more young people equipped with the shearing skills.

“We do up to five camps a year, at various levels, some will be novice and others will be at improver level,” Mr Monks said.

“We try to encourage people to do two or three of the camps.”

Joel Price, 17, from Campbell Town, said it was the second workshop camp he’d attended and said he wanted to go into the industry into the future.

“I like the lifestyle, you can go all across Australia with shearing,” he said.

Mr Price said he had learned a bit of the trade from his father, also a shearer, but said he liked going to the camps to further his skills.

The camps are run to help encourage more people into the shearing industry, as the skills are not being taken up as quickly by young people.

Shearers in the industry are ageing and Mr Monks said there was a need for more young people to come through the ranks.

The camp is being run at Ross for 10 days.

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Madi strikes national shot

Madi RatcliffeWARRNAMBOOL hockey export Madi Ratcliffe made her seniordebut playing for Australia’sHockeyroos against Great Britain in Perth on Tuesday night.
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Ratcliffe got her chance to playafter coach Adam Commens made seven changes to the side that played the opening two matches of the series in Bunbury at the weekend.

The 18-year-old stepped into Australia’s line-up after a number of players became unavailable after the weekend due to fitness concerns.

Confirming his teams for match three on Tuesday and the fourth test on Thursday, Commens said“Madi’s getting her chance with a few players nursing knocks”.

“She put in some great performances as part of our Junior World Cup qualifying group in the Gold Coast recently and has trained well,” he said.

“Madi is a bit of a goal sneak with some good skills.”

Adam CommensThe Standardbefore her debut, Ratcliffe said she was surprised with how quickly she had earned a spot in the Australian line-up, having only joined the Hockeyroos for training two weeks ago.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting it, but I’m very happy, very excited,” she said.

Ratcliffe said some nerves had set in after she learned on Monday afternoon that she would play her first Hockeyroos game, but a hitout on Tuesday morning helped settle them.

“It was good to get a bit of touch,” she said.

“Hopefully I can trap the ball (in my debut), really, but I if I can just do what I’ve been doing at practice, I should be okay.”

Ratcliffe said she was keeping her goals simple heading into her first game, hoping to connect with her new teammates whom she has only had a fortnight to get to know.

The series’remaining threegames will be played in Perth on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday,and will be streamed on epicentre.tv.

Speaking about the first two encounters of the six-game series with Great Britain, Commens said the Hockeyroos “had two tight contests in the opening two matches, which is exactly what we need at this time”.

A double from Kathryn Slattery and strikes by Mariah Williams and Ashleigh Nelson helped the Hockeyroos to a 4-3 win over Great Britain on Friday night, but the series was pegged level on Sunday when Susie Gilbert’s only goal of the game settled the tie 1-0 in Britain’s favour.

Ratcliffe earned an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship late last yearand moved to Perth at the end of the Januaryto begin training alongside the Australian national senior squad.

Shewas named in the national development squad for 2016 after a year that delivered a gold medal atthe under 21 national championships with Victoria anda runner-up finish in the under 18 national championships.

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Ashford show keeps building on new events

COMMITTEE spokeswoman for the Ashford Show Society, Melissa Wilcox, is looking forward to this year’s event and said it will be every bit as good as last year’s exhibition, even though there are a few changes in store for those who walk through he gate of the Ashford Showground.
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Melissa said this year’s event is building on last year’s and going even further.

“The campdraft is back and we’ve got a very generous sponsor this year, who has provided us with a heap of cattle,” she said.

“We’ve got the ring events as well, for all the horses, and the Severn River Sprint is back, so hopefully we’ll draw a good bunch of women and blokes who can sprint to take out the cash prize.”

Melissa said she was confident the weather would be fine for the show, and any rain would hold off until afterwards.

“Entry is $7 per vehicle, with up to eight people in the vehicle, and then it is gold coin donation after that, and that is for the whole day,” she said.

“We’ve changed a couple of events. Instead of the rodeo, we now have a bull ride, which will have some new bulls in the ring.

“There’ll also be a cooking demonstration from local chef Haydon McDonald.”

Melissa said the pillow fight was for the kids.

“It’s lst man standing. The kids love it. We were looking at taking it out, but we got plenty of replies to say ‘Please don’t, we want it back’, so it’s back by popular demand.”

Melissa said the society was in the process of working on the shearing pavilion.

“The Severn River Shears is back again, so thank you to all the sponsors who have come on board to help do that.”

Melissa thanked each and every one of the sponsors who will make this year’s Ashford Show the big success it always is.

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Carcase value attracts buyers

COUNTRY LIFE: Bruce Coulthard, “Achill West”, Armidale, with mature-age Angus cows with calves by Mundoo bulls grazing native pastures. Picture: Rachael WebbANGUS cattle with high muscling traits are good for business at “Achill West”,east of Armidale, where Station Agencies’manager Bruce Coulthardbelieves he is in a good position to capitalise from higher yielding cattle.
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Mr Coulthard has purchased the vast majority of his bulls from Mundoo Angus near Glencoeand swears by their performance in producing offspring with higher muscling.

“They have a depth of breeding and produce true to type,” he said of theCanadian genetics.

Over the past five years Mr Coulthard has managed “Achill West” hisbreeder herd has grown to retainthose excellent carcase traits, and his best steersare highly sought after for their performance in the feedlot.

Mundoo Angus are bred to thrive on steep lush country where they forage well, and grow well. On the lighter country at “Achill West”, dominated by trap soils, these cattle also perform.

The station covers 2225 hectaresso there is some variation and on the red and black basalt soils Mr Coulthard improves that pasture with lime and chicken manure, sowing ryegrass, cocksfoot,and some fescue.

Cows are grazed on native pasture and steers get the improved paddocks.

Mr Coulthard says he selects his breeders for fertility and is pleased with their 90 per cent conception rate.

He is also happywithhow his efforts have helped to tighten joining so that his breeding herd calves within nine to 10 weeks.

“We can sell a B-Double’s worth of steers and they won’t vary much beyond 30 kilograms,” he said. “That’s why the feedlotters like them.”

Meanwhile,Grant Watt from Mundoo Angus saidhigh muscling Anguscattle weigh more than Anguscattle that possess less muscleand their efficiency in the paddock was similar, or better than the cattle with less muscle.

They handle poor times just as well aslow muscling types –as proven during the previous two years –but the real difference is in their ability to put more meat on the table.

There is evidence to say they taste just as good – but those studies are so subjective it is hard to say. Suffice to say some studies reckon the high muscling meat is more tender, with less connective tissue – if a little less juicy.

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