January, 2019

Agricultural scholarships for 2015

Studying Agriculture and looking for a helping hand?
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The Southern Weekly Magazine have compiled a list of some of Ag related scholarships below.

Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme offers students from a rural background funding to study medicine at university.

The Scheme is aimed at attracting more doctors to rural and remote Australia.

Eligibility: Be from a rural background, be in financial need and demonstrate a commitment to working in rural Australia in the future.

Closes: January 12 2015

For more information: http://ramus.ruralhealth.org.au/

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia’s (RGA) provides two Tertiary Scholarships named after past leaders in the industry.

The Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship provides $4,000 to assist a student with the costs of tertiary education. This award is sponsored by Rice Research Australia Pty Ltd.

The Peter Connor Book Award is awarded to the runner-up of the Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship winner and consists of $1,300 to put towards the cost of books and course materials.

Eligibility: Applicants must be the children or grandchildren of current financial members of RGA, be in their second or successive year of studying an agricultural related course at an Australian tertiary institution and need to demonstrate a commitment to the rice industry.

Closes: January 16 2015

For more information: http://www.rga.org.au/education/awards-and-scholarships.aspx

The Horizon Scholarship offers students $5000 a year and annual industry work placements, access to industry leaders, professional development workshops and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

Eligibility: students must be entering their first year of university and studying a degree related to agriculture, such as agricultural science, rural science, livestock/animal science, veterinary science or agribusiness and plant science. Students must also have started their tertiary studies no longer than two years after leaving high school.

Closes: January 30 2015

For more information: www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon

NSW Farmers’ are offering five tertiary scholarship for students committed to helping farming and rural communities grow and prosper. The scholarship offers $4000 for each student.

Eligibility: Students must be in their second or subsequent year of university study, or first or subsequent year of vocational study, to be eligible. In addition, students, their partners, or parents must have held a full producer membership with NSW Farmers association in the past two years.

Closes: February 13 2015

For more information: http://www.nswfarmers.org.au/our-services/member-services/tertiary-scholarship-program

The Country Education Foundation (CEF) offers grants for students in any field who are from a country town. CEF scholarships are funded by local communities for local students making each one unique.

Towns in NSW which have a CEF include Balranald, Boorowa, Braidwood, Broken Hill, Coleambally, Coonamble, Cootamundra, Cowra, Dubbo, Edward River, Gilgandra, Goulburn, Great Lakes, Griffith, Gulargambone, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Harden, Hastings, Lockhart, Macleay Valley, Merriwa, Monaro, Narrabri, Orange, Shoalhaven, Temora, West Wyalong, Yass and Young.

Eligibility: Demonstrated financial need, aged between 17 and 21 years, have gone to school or currently reside in the region covered by your CEF and shown commitment to achieving your goal.

Closes: Varies for each town

For more information: https://cef.org.au/students/apply-for-a-grant/

Wingham swimmer among the medals

Vanessa Gibson from award sponsor Iguana with this week’s sportstar, swimmer Talea Fernance.WINGHAM’S Talea Fernance hopes to swim at the Paralympics at Rio in 2016.
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But the 14-year-old knows she has plenty of work to do before she achieves her dream.

Talea recently won five gold medals at the NSW Multi Class Championships held in Sydney.

In all events she set personal best times (PBs). She followed this up by taking home five medals – two silver and three bronze in multi class events at the North Coast Long Course championships in Coffs Harbour.

Talea is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana. Wingham Swimming Club nominated her for the award.

While Talea’s had success in most strokes, she says breaststroke is her favourite and her strongest. This, she hopes, could be her ticket to Rio.

“I’ve improved my time for the 50 metre breaststroke heaps.’’ she explained.

“But to qualify for Rio I’ll have to improve a lot more. I’ll just have to keep training.’’

Talea has already qualified for the Country titles where she’ll swim in five events and also the nationals to be held in Sydney next year.

She trains four mornings a week at Wingham under coaches Jeremy and Sarah Wardrop.

The 6am starts don’t faze her.

“No, it’s alright, I enjoy it,’’ she said.

She learnt to swim at Wingham about five years ago and was soon involved in active competition, intially at a local level before advancing to zone, then Country, State and national.

While winning medals is a bonus, Talea enjoys swimming for another reason.

“I like swimming with my friends,’’ the Taree Christian College student answers.

She enjoys all sports. Talea takes part in cross country events and athletics while she also plays hockey.

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Letter: Unsatisfactory livestock prices

We know we are being ripped off big time though we don’t know by how much, why don’t we?
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Everyone in a competitive industry should know how much the people they compete with get for similar goods.

It’s no state secret how much similar livestock are making in the U.S, Europe or the Middle East.

Many rumours suggest their prices far exceed ours.

We do not expect equal prices but what is fair and reasonable.

We must establish what is fair and reasonable price for all categories of stock then create a mechanism to obtain them overseen by a price committee.

For example if we have established a good vealer should make $3 a kilogram and we are offered $2, we have quantified our loss.

The next step is to rectify that shortfall. We may soon be in the fortunate position where supply is somewhere near demand causing prices to rise but will they rise to where we want them to be?

Will the next drought or dry spell force them down again because we put too many on the market?

We have to be able to control the supply of stock onto the market once we know the price we are seeking, if the price is slipping too much with the cooperation of our agents we limit stock sold.

For example a farmer wants to sell 20 head, the agent will request them to send 15.

It is likely the farmer will get as much for the 15 as for the 20 so they shouldn’t mind.

It won’t be easy to regulate the flow of stock onto the market but with modern communication and cooperation it can be done.

If it costs $100 to raise an animal and you sell it for $150 you make a $50 profit, if you get $200 you double your profit, the agents income will rise accordingly, any price we achieve is 100 percent profit.

The benefits of good profit will flow through the entire community but most importantly it will stave off the impending onslaught of corporate and foreign takeover of our country.

What I propose involves very little cost or effort from most and requires no government money.

Leigh Campbell – Oura

Message from the Weddin Shire Mayor, Mark Liebich 2013/2014 l photo

Weddin Shire Mayor, Mr Mark Liebich. The 2013/2014 Financial Year saw the continuation of the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) process which has seen Council take a more strategic approach to asset management and the provision of services to our rate payers.
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This process facilitated the development, review and adoption of the following plans by Council:

* 2013-2023 – Community Strategic Plan

* 2013-2017 – Delivery Program

* 2014-2015 – Operational Plan

* Resourcing Strategy (including the Asset Management Plan (AMP), Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) and workforce plan.)

While Council has previously endorsed our strategic direction for the next ten years the 2013-2017 Delivery Program was reviewed and outlines various projects to be undertaken in the next four years which are detailed below:

* Grenfell Medical Centre

* Visitor Information Centre

* Grenfell Swimming Pool upgrade

* Grenfell Main Street upgrade

Councils resourcing strategy indicates that these capital projects will be in the future funded in the following ways:

* Loans

* Grant Funding

* Special Rate Variations

* Interest Rate Subsidies

During 2013/2014 the plans and specifications for the Grenfell Medical Centre and Grenfell Swimming Pool upgrade were in the process of being developed. It is anticipated tenders will be called in the 2014/2015 financial year for both projects. The completion of both of these projects will not only assisting in closing our assets infrastructure gap but allow us to continue to provide quality services to our residents.

The NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel’s final report was also released with the panel making 65 recommendations and advising wide ranging and concerted action is required to make NSW Local Government sustainable and fit-for-purpose into the 21st Century.

The key recommendations for Weddin Shire Council were that we be a Rural Council in the Central West Regional Joint Organisation (RJO) or merge with Forbes or Cowra. Explanations of the new proposals or concepts are explained below with residents no doubt aware of the detrimental and disastrous consequences an amalgamation of our Shire would have:

& Regional Joint Organisation (RJO’s) – would be formed whereby there would be 17 RJO’s statewide. The RJO would be a statutory grouping of Councils established under the Local Government Act, 1993 that undertake a range of high level functions on behalf of their members.

& Rural Councils – would work as part of the (RJO) with reduced legislative and compliance responsibilities as well as having a lower cost base which would be more appropriate for rural areas. Rural Councils would also have a maximum of five Councillors including the Mayor and no more than 6 Council meetings a year.

It is important to realise that this report was prepared by an independent review panel and the Minister for Local Government the Hon Don Page had not responded to the report as at 30th June 2014. Minister Page did however reiterated the government’s policy of no forced amalgamations during this term of government which is very encouraging and reassuring.

After reviewing the report Council resolved to not support amalgamations, Rural Councils (subject to further investigation) and endeavour to form regional alliances with surrounding Councils to deliver quality services in an efficient and effective manner. It is anticipated the Minister for Local Government will respond to the Independent Review Panels final report in the 2014/2015 financial year.

It was also very pleasing that Dr Patrick Akhiwu commenced full time on the 3 February 2014 which was very much welcomed by Council and the community. While it has been a long process it is a worthwhile one as the Shire now has two doctors providing GP services in the Shire. Dr Patrick is also attending the Grenfell MPS as a visiting medical officer (VMO) which has seen the hospital re-open and begin to admit patients again which is great news for the Weddin Shire.

Council’s Roads Maintenance Council Contract (RMCC) with the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) on SH6 and SH17 continued during 2013/2014 with very good results. Council is accredited to conduct upgrade works to the nominal value of $2,000,000 for each individual project which is very beneficial to Council and the community. Other major works were conducted on various main and local roads with Grenfell streets construction and village works also undertaken.

The official unveiling of the Henry Lawson Statue by the Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson MP on Wednesday 21 May, 2014 was an outstanding success.

There was a lot of excitement and anticipation in the air as the statue was unveiled in glorious weather conditions in front of a very large crowd. The Henry Lawson Statue project was a joint initiative between State and Local Government and the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts committee. The unveiling of the statue was the culmination of a massive amount of work and cooperation between these bodies and our local communities to bring the project to fruition.

The amount of interest the statue is generating is quite extraordinary with many locals and visitors inspecting the statue and all commenting very favourably. The Statue was particularly popular on the day of the Henry Lawson Festival with people having photos taken all day long.

The statue also gained exposure on the local news and radio as well as social media. It is anticipated that it will eventually gain national exposure which will attract tourists from all over Australia to Grenfell which will be a huge boost to not only tourism in the Weddin Shire but also to the local business sector.

The Henry Lawson Statue is very significant as it has seen the return of arguably Australia’s greatest poet to his birthplace, provided Grenfell with a major tourist attraction and given due recognition to Grenfell’s favourite son.

Council also continues to invest in plant and equipment and information technology allowing staff to operate in a much more efficient and effective environment.

Council also completed upgrade works at the Grenfell Tip and Sewerage Treatment Works allowing these sites to comply with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) requirements.

Other ancillary works included Caravan Park improvements, the development of the Tourism Interpretation and Asset Management Plan for O’Briens Hill, tourism signs upgrades and the Grenfell Lawn Cemetery upgrade works.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Councillors and staff for their support, advice and assistance during the 2013/2014 financial year. I look forward to continuing to work with Council’s team in the future to deliver the projects identified and prioritised in the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) process.



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Clare cattle dispersal tops at $1375

Clare Cattle Dispersal was held at the Gundagai Saleyards last month.
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For Sale on behalf of Andrew and Ilsa Lea were 102 Angus Cows with Spring Calves topping at $1375.

Averaging $1220 with the first two pens going to Bill and Carmen Gennimatas of Darraweit Gun Vic.

The PTIC Angus Cows topped at $930 averaging $900 with a run of 68 Cows being purchased by local Sam Archer of “Kincora” Gundagai.

Dave Roots of Adelong purchased 41 Cows and Calves to $1170 and 17 PTIC Cows to $930.

The angus yearling steers topped at $910 and a run of over 80 went to Charlton Feedlot bought by local Teys Australia buyer Ben O’Kane with the younger March/ April calves making between $605 to $695 with the tops going to J & PJ Darmody Bungendore.

Corcoran Parker buyer Cameron Hilton secured 126 angus heifers averaging $530 ranging from $460 to $660.

The sale was conducted by local agents AgStock Pty Ltd. John Sheahan said it was a quality yarding of Cattle which met with strong competition, with the sale being well supported locally.

The cattle presented well in extremely good condition and despite going into a hot summer facing water issues it was an outstanding result.