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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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Hybrid Wallabies ready for fresh start under Michael Cheika

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CARDIFF: The Wallabies believe a “hybrid” style which combines the NSW Waratahs game plan with the best attributes from rival Super Rugby teams can deliver international success.

And coach Michael Cheika has thrown the challenge down to players on the fringes to show they want a spot in the starting team, declaring the entire squad gets to start with a clean slate.

The Wallabies will attempt to extend their nine-match winning streak against Wales when they clash at Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

It’s also a chance to inflict a psychological blow to Wales less than a year before the two teams meet again in the World Cup pool stages.

But Cheika is focused only on his team’s development, using flanker Sean McMahon’s rise from obscurity as the example of how players can force their way into the Test team.

“[McMahon] got an opportunity and he took it. He wasn’t scared to carry the ball or get involved and be aggressive,” Cheika said.

“It’s not complicated, sometimes it’s about taking the opportunity given to you. I’m eager to reward that type of mentality, not as a gift or charity, but as an opportunity to really start now.”

Cheika has put faith in the Wallabies who pushed the world champion All Blacks within seconds of defeat three weeks ago, retaining the bulk of the squad from Ewen McKenzie’s last game in charge.

Cheika has been trying to leave his mark on the Wallabies, but has had just seven training sessions to do so since being appointed as coach.

The hard task master says that’s no excuse for a slow performance against Wales, and five-eighth Bernard Foley hopes the Waratahs’ Super Rugby success and transfer to the Test arena.

“It’s my first start in Europe and there are a lot of new things to learn,” NSW playmaker Bernard Foley said.

“You’re never comfortable, there is some familiarity with Cheik’s training regime. But we haven’t imported the whole game plan from the Waratahs.

“It’s very much a hybrid and using the strengths of all the other provinces as well. There’s been a lot of new learning for all of us and the pick-up has been phenomenal.”

McMahon’s Test debut caps a remarkable first year of professional rugby.

The Melbourne Rebels flanker cancelled a holiday in Mexico to join the Wallabies in Europe, adding to a year which includes captaining the Australian junior team, winning a Commonwealth Games bronze medal and being named Australia’s Super Rugby rookie of the year.

“I’m pretty stoked at the moment, the nerves are kicking in a little bit, but it’s more excitement than anything,” McMahon said.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend really … I’m just going to go out there and do my job, use the experience and learning I’ve got from the past couple of weeks to get me through.”

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Child approached at Rutherford

Police are appealing for information after a girl was approached at Rutherford earlier this week.
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Police are appealing for information after a girl was approached at Rutherford earlier this week.

A 5-year-old girl was a short distance from her home in Sirius Streetwhen she saw a white Ford Laser hatch about 20 metres south of Vindin Street at 5.30pm on Tuesday.

As she walked past the vehicle the male driver spoke to her briefly.

The girl ran home to her parents, who reported the incident to Central Hunter police.

Officers have launched an investigation into the incident and they would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with short black hair, a goatee or beard and wearing blue pants.

Anyone who knows the man’s identity or has any information that may assist detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children:

– Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.

– Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.

– Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.

– Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.

– Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.

– If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.

– If someone tries to grab you, yell out, ‘Go away, I don’t know you’. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.

Police urge anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://nsw.crimestoppers南京夜网.au/Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Do not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Calls for retrial in unsolved murder

THERE are renewed calls for a retrial in the unsolved murders of three Aboriginal children, including a teenager from Tenterfield more than 20 years ago, after a NSW parliamentary committee recommended laws be reveiwed so the case can be re-examined.
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Colleen Walker, 16, Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, from Tenterfield, and Evelyn Greenup, 4, disappeared from the Bowraville community on the NSW North Coast over five months between 1990 to 1991.

In 1991, local man Jay Hart was charged with the murder of Clinton and Evelyn, but was acquitted of murdering Clinton in 1994.

Shortly afterwards prosecutors also dropped the charges relating to Evelyn.

After an inquest into her death in 2004, Mr Hart was once more charged with Evelyn’s murder and again acquitted.

A NSW parliamentary inquiry into the murders called on the state government this week to look at clarifying laws to allow a retrial to be held.

Clinton’s family, including relatives from Tenterfield, were in parliament yesterday, along with the families of the other victims, for the tabling of the inquiry’s report.

Committee chairman and Liberal MP David Clarke said he hoped the recommendations would bring the families one step closer tojustice.

“We formally acknowledged the pain and suffering experienced by the families of the three children over the past 23 years,” he told the NSW parliament.

“A pain and suffering that has been significantly contributed to by failings identified in our report.”

An emotional Greens MP David Shoebridge said a key recommendation was having the three murder cases trialled together.

He said it was apparent to him through the inquiry that the families felt they had been ignored.

“That they had been treatedas second-rate citizens,” he toldparliament.

The committee also recommended NSW Police review all ofits policies relating to Aboriginalpeople.

Guyra-based Liberal MP Scot MacDonald said it was impossible to escape the conclusion that if the murders happened on Sydney’s north shore the response would have been better.

“I have no doubt the absent children will be grieved for many days and many nights,” he said.

Mr MacDonald criticised theinitial investigation and judicial response.

The committee also recommended any new application for a retrial of the murders be considered by an independent assessor, such as a retired judge or prosecutor from another jurisdiction.

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Family exacts revenge on Oaks Day

Brad Ledger on Albury Gold Cup hope About Face (archie) during dawn track work.-Leaky pipe can’t get in the way of good day: photos
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-Wodonga trainer has one start, one win in Spring Carnival

– Horses? What horses? | Oaks Day photos

IT may have taken 12 months but the Ledger stable had its revenge.

A year since Secret Toy Bizness finished fourth in the “greys” race on Oaks Day, the five-year-old mare produced a withering finish to beat Queensland visitor Time To Plunder ($8.50) by three-quarters of a length.

Trained by John Ledger and his son Chris at Wangaratta for a group of patient and enthusiastic owners, Secret Toy Bizness ($12) took the rails path home under Damian Lane.

“I think everybody who owns a grey horse targets this race on Oaks Day,” Chris Ledger said.

“She ran fourth in it last year and has had a few problems off and on since, so we have had to work hard to get her here.

“We had a plan today and the instructions were to come wide, but it didn’t work out that way.

“He had to go back in and it was a great ride.”

Lane said he had tried to move out to make his run around the field from second last on the

turn, but the gaps kept closing.

“I was working to the outside because there seems to be a thought the inside isn’t as good,” Lane said.

“Then the openings came on the inside and kept coming and she took them.

“It was a good to get the win after a couple of frustrating seconds.”

Lane had ridden Miss Maggiebeel and Eloping to second place in two earlier races.

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1 start, 1 win in spring carnival

-Leaky pipe can’t get in the way of good day: photos
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-Family exacts revenge on Oaks Day

– Oaks Day Photos | Horses? What horses?

WODONGA trainer Sylvia Thompson now has the perfect spring racing record — one starter for one winner.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michael Rodd and Thompson renewed a long-term acquaintance yesterday when Allelu ($18) charged down the outside to win the opening race on Oaks Day.

The four-year-old mare came from near last to win by a short neck from Miss Maggiebeel ($11), with Kansas Sunflower ($7) and half-head away third in the 7news Plate (1700m).

Thompson, who has trained three winners from her past five starters, said she was always confident.

“Everything lined up for her in this race today — it was the right distance, the right age group and Michael on top,” she said.

“I’ve never won a race during the spring carnival before, never had a runner.”

Thompson hasn’t ruled out a start in the Wod-onga Cup for Allelu in a couple of weeks time.

“Look it’s a nice race with good prizemoney but it would be going back in distance,” she said.

“She is looking more and more like a stayer and she is coming to the end of a long preparation.

“She probably deserves a start in the race but we will sit down and talk about it when we get home.”

Thompson and Rodd have had a long association, stretching back to Rodd’s days as an apprentice jockey based at the Gold Coast.

As an assistant to former leading Gold Coast trainer Alan Bailey, Thompson was responsible for supplying Rodd with one of his first race rides.

“I was ecstatic that he took the ride for me today,” she said.

Thompson spent 18 years on the Gold Coast before retiring to Wod-onga four years ago, where she has 14 horses in work.

“I came home to retire and had half a dozen horses in work but it’s got a little bigger than we

expected,” she said.

Rodd said he got a special kick out of riding a winner for Thompson.

“It’s funny to think all these years later that I’d be riding a winner for her at Flemington,” he said.

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Bookmakers show diminishing odds for Coalition

BOOKMAKERS have revised their state election odds with the Coalition’s hopes of returning to power diminishing.
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Sportsbet released new figures yesterday with Labor at $1.20 to win at November 29 state election while the Coalition now stands at $4.

The gambling agency said there was now double the money bet on Labor compared to the Coalition compared to a few months ago when the odds were tighter.

Sportsbet spokesman Shaun Anderson said there had been a significant shift in gambler sentiment during the past four weeks.

“The market was starting to swing towards the Liberals who were $3.05 only a month ago,” he said. “But all of the money is now coming for Labor with punters thinking this one is already over.”

Centrebet has even wider odds with Labor at $1.14 to win on November 29 with the Coalition at $5.50 with British outfit William Hill and controversial bookmaker Tom Waterhouse also holding similar numbers.

Bookmakers classify South West Coast, Polwarth and Lowan as being easily retained by the Coalition with a number of Geelong and Melbourne constituencies judged as close contests.

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