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August, 2018

Fashions and fun at the races:a decade of photos

The fashion labels may observe a fashion week each year, but around regional Australia, the week of the Melbourne Cup Races is fashion week.
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The Glitz, the glamour…fascinators, finery and elegant hats… you’ll see all of that and more on display are regional race tracks aroudn the country at this time of year. In Goulburn, the big event isthe Girls Day Out race meeting – held on the Saturday after Melbourne Cup Day.

Until 2009, Goulburn used to celebrate their major fashionin the field event on Melbourne Cup Day in conjunction with a local race meeting on Cup Day.

This year marks the fifthyear of Girls Day Out. To commemorate the day, we’ve assembled the last ten years worth of social galleries of Melbourne Cup day Socials and Girls Day Out pics.

Darryl Fernance will be there once again snapping away, but if you’re going to Girls Day Out, we’d love to see your pics and videos too. Use the hashtag #GoulburnGDO and we’ll assemble your pics next week. but for now, enjoy these photos. You may well be in them!

Click on any of the links below to access the relevantgallery.

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Growers key to food bowl plan

Supporting the brand: Beth and Hayden McMillan at their Burrawong Gaian poultry farm A NEW logo and branding strategy aimed at positioning and showcasing the Macleay Valley as a source of high quality food produce was launched this week.
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The launch was at the Mid North Coast Food Forum, held at Bonville Golf Course on Monday.

The ‘Macleay Valley Food Bowl’ logo is a registered trademark and was commissioned by Kempsey Shire Council as part

of its Agribusiness Project.

It is one of 10 strategies aimed at strengthening high-value agriculture in the Macleay.

Created by local designer Natalie Barnes, the logo promotes the geographic location of the Macleay Valley on a map of Australia.

The Macleay Valley Food Bowl logo designed by Natalie Barnes.

Council is liaising with local producers to encourage them to incorporate the brand on their own packaging to provide the Macleay with a stronger presence and strategic advantage in interstate markets.

Large scale intensive horticulture business Green Leaf Farm, located at Clybucca, has welcomed the opportunity.

It is incorporating the logo on 30,000 cartons used to transport summer vegetables to markets in Sydney,

Melbourne and Brisbane.

Other local quality producers including Burrawong Gaian poultry farm and Macleay Valley Rabbits have welcomed

the proposal.

Council invites any other producers interested in taking up the opportunity to get in touch with council’s Economic Sustainability Unit.

“Over the next few months, we will be speaking with other major food producers and processors to promote this opportunity for us to collaborate to promote the Macleay,” said council’s Economic Sustainability manager Susannah Smith.

“Council is keen to form a strong alliance with its local food producers and give the Macleay stronger identity and strategic advantage in what is a growing and competitive marketplace.”

Developing growth in the agribusiness sector through high-value crop and livestock production was a significant

economic development strategy, she said.

“The economic data shows us that the Macleay has significant room for growth in this sector compared with our neighbours, which is great news for our economy and community,” Ms Smith said.

“Growth in agriculture takes us back to our community’s roots and the next 12 to 24 months will be an exciting new phase in our economic focus as we implement strategies aimed at growing wealth and jobs for the Macleay, with flow-on benefits to our retail, services and other sectors.”

Co-branding the Macleay Valley Food Bowl logo is the first strategy for exposure, with council planning a range of other uses.

“The brand has value in not only promoting the Macleay as a fresh food location, but in creating a stronger sense of identity and allegiance amongst local industry operators,” Ms Smith said.

“We also hope this promotion stimulates consumer demand for local fresh food and the second phase of our strategy will see us working closely with local restaurants, cafes and retailers to pledge their commitment to using as much local produce as possible and carrying the logo on their menus and in their businesses.”

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Halls Gap Film Festival opens tonight

THE HALLS Gap Film Festival will open tonight in the Halls Gap Centenary Hall.
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After starting in 1979, now in its 35th year, the Halls Gap Film Festival is once again set to amaze its guests with an impressive array of popular films over the three days of the festival.

The festival opens tonight with the official launch of the 35th event and the screening of the opening film, at 7pm.

Good news for movie goers is that there is free admission to all movies being screened over the duration of the festival.

Tomorrow will see the screening of three films and the festival concludes on Sunday with the screening of two films.

Tonight’s feature movie is the 1982 Peter Weir directed – The Year of Living Dangerously.

Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver star in The Year of Living Dangerously.

With Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt, it depicts an Australian journalist in Jakarta, who becomes involved with an embassy secretary and another journalist/photographer.

They become embroiled in political events transpiring in Indonesia at the time leading up to Suharto’s regime.

Tomorrow’s screenings will open at 10am with the screening of The Dawn Patrol, a remake of Howard Hawk’s 1930 film depicting a beleaguered aerial squadron in France in WW1.

The 1984 movie The Philadelphia Experiment, starring Michael Pare, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas and Bobby Di Cicco will screen at 2pm.

It is a science fiction adventure based on the real life conspiracy theory of the ‘Philadelphia Experiment. In 1943 a US Navy destroyer escort disappeared from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and sent two men 40 years into the future in 1984.

The final movie tomorrow will be at 7pm with the screening of the Australian film X.

A high class escort and fledging hooker are involved in seedy clubs, strip joints and the back alleys of Kings Cross. If they get through the night, they might have a chance for a fresh start.

Sunday’s screenings will open with the documentary at 10am and then the final screening of the festival will be Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca DeMornay at 1pm. See what happens when a teenage boy full of hormones is left alone at home in the 1980s.

Information in relation to this weekend’s film festival is available on 0438 585 511 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au

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Mount Panorama or Wahluu? Bathurst council backs dual naming by a single vote

THUMBS UP: Bathurst Regional Council has backed dual naming Mount Panorama “Wahluu”.BATHURST Regional Council has come within a single vote of withdrawing its support for plans to dual name the iconic Mount Panorama in recognition of the area’s original inhabitants.
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The Geographical Names Board is considering a formal request from the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Lands Council for the dual naming of Mount Panorama as “Wahluu” to recognise the land’s original owners.

The GNB has sought public opinion on the proposal and has also asked council to state its position.

And while it had been generally accepted that council was backing the plan, the issue had not been debated within the council chamber before Wednesday night’s policy committee meeting.

Councillors were asked at the meeting to settle on a position to be forwarded to the GNB and support for the plan just scraped through with a 4-3 vote.

Councillors Bobby Bourke, Warren Aubin and Michael Coote voted against supporting the dual naming proposal, with Cr Bourke saying he wanted to hear more from the public before taking a position.

“As a council making a submission to the GNB, it’s very important we get this right,” he said.

“I’m not for or against the idea at this stage, but I know the community is very concerned with anything to do with Mount Panorama and I don’t think we’ve had the input that we need yet.

“I would like to hear from both sides putting forward their arguments for and against this, but it looks to me like the decision has been taken out of our hands.”

Cr Aubin said the feedback he’d received from the community suggested Bathurst did not support the dual naming while Cr Coote, who had previously stated his opposition to the proposal, said the plan had been sprung on councillors out of the blue.

“One of the reasons I spoke out was because I only heard about this three months ago during a working party when the general manager mentioned it,” he said. “I was dumbfounded.”

But Cr Monica Morse led the case for supporting the dual naming, saying it was a chance to recognise indigenous culture as the region prepares for its bicentenary next year.

Cr Morse said council must accept it had not done a good job of communicating the ramifications of dual naming Mount Panorama which had led to unwarranted concerns among motor racing fans, in particular.

“I think we haven’t been very good at explaining that the Mount Panorama racing track will not change,” Cr Morse said.

“If we look at the rules for dual naming we see that it does not apply to infrastructure, roads, bridges or other built features.

“So the circuit, the pits and everything associated with motor racing will retain that much-treasured name of Mount Panorama.”

But Cr Morse said Mount Panorama, as a geographical feature, was much more than just a race track and it was the whole area that would carry the dual name of Wahluu.

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Coopers Brewery profits dive as Australians turn away from keg beer

Total keg beer sales in 2013-14 dropped by 1.5 per cent in 2013-14, while packaged beer sales increased by 10.3 per cent. Photo: David Mariuz Total keg beer sales in 2013-14 dropped by 1.5 per cent in 2013-14, while packaged beer sales increased by 10.3 per cent. Photo: David Mariuz
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Total keg beer sales in 2013-14 dropped by 1.5 per cent in 2013-14, while packaged beer sales increased by 10.3 per cent. Photo: David Mariuz

Total keg beer sales in 2013-14 dropped by 1.5 per cent in 2013-14, while packaged beer sales increased by 10.3 per cent. Photo: David Mariuz

Australia’s third-largest beer group Coopers Brewery has suffered a 9.1 per cent decline in after-tax profits to $28 million for 2013-14 and managing director Dr Tim Cooper is forecasting a likely flat result this financial year as a shift away from keg beer continues.

“We make more money on the keg beer than we do on packaged beer,” Dr Cooper said on Thursday.

But he’s reluctant to sheet all the blame home to the rising power of the national retail chains of Woolworths and Coles, suggesting that it is changing preferences of drinkers that is more of an influence rather than a clawing away of more of the profit pie by the big liquor chains.

“I don’t think we can particularly lay it at the door of the national retailers,” Dr Cooper said.

Coopers, which is owned by 143 shareholders, most of them descendants of the founding Cooper family in Adelaide, increased turnover by 6.9 per cent to $231 million in 2013-14.

But net profit after tax slipped by 9.1 per cent from $30.8 million to $28 million, with the costs of installing a second bottling line at its Regency Park plant in Adelaide also hitting the bottomline.

Coopers increased its national market share slightly to just under 5 per cent in 2013-14, in a total beer market which declined for the fifth year in a row for all players across Australia.

Dr Cooper said it had been tough going for all beer companies in Australia in the first few months of 2014-15. “We had a poor month in August as did the others,” he said.

At this point in the new financial year, profits were tracking at about the same as they were 12 months earlier.

“We’re virtually line ball with last year,” he said.

Dr Cooper said the gradual shift away from keg beer in the Australian market was a trend that was continuing, with drinkers preferring to buy packaged beer for consumption at home rather than risk running foul of drink-driving laws by drinking more at pubs and bars.

He said Coopers sold about 20 per cent of its total beer volumes through kegs now, and this compared with 30 per cent in the early 1990s.

Total keg beer sales in 2013-14 dropped by 1.5 per cent in 2013-14, while packaged beer sales increased by 10.3 per cent.

Sales in Coopers’ home State of South Australia declined by 0.8 per cent during the year, while its best growth was in Victoria where sales were up by 15.3 per cent. Victoria now represents 17.1 per cent of Coopers’ total sales.

Sales in Queensland jumped by 14.4 per cent and in Western Australia they climbed by 12 per cent. In NSW, sales improved by 8.2 per cent, with that market making up 26 per cent of Coopers’s volume, second behind SA.

Coopers is the last remaining big Australian-owned beer company. Carlton & United Breweries, the maker of Victoria Bitter, was bought out by global conglomerate SABMiller in a 2011 takeover of Foster’s Group.

Lion’s beer operations, which make XXXX, Tooheys and West End, are now part of the broader Lion dairy, beer and juice conglomerate after the company was taken over by Japan’s Kirin Corporation in 2009. Lion made a $420 million takeover bid for Coopers in 2005, but it was blocked by the family in a bitter battle.

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