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    Two local wineries to open cellar doors


    2019 - 07.22

    WINE TIME: Foodies Paul Cracroft-Wilson, Melissa Howard, Sophie Weekes, Bec Ashley and Ash Chapple try the wines at Bawley Vale Estate during last year’s Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival.Following their semi-retirement, the owners of Fern Gully Winery at Termeil will take a well earned rest from this year’s Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival.
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    Fern Gully’s Max and Glenda Staniford have been involved with the festival since its inception 12 years ago and have been advocates for the growth of the Shoalhaven Coast wine growing region which stretches from Kiama in the north to Durras in the south and west to Kangaroo Valley.

    While the Stanifords will not be hosting their usual June long weekend activities, two local wineries will open their cellar doors for the festival.

    Bawley Vale Estate and Cupitt’s wineries are cooking up a storm in the lead up to the event which look set to attract thousands of local and visiting foodies to the region from June 6 – 8.

    Now one of the most diverse and well organised festivals on the wine calendar and supported by Destination NSW, the festival offers a range of events from wine tasting and cellar door tours, to live music and degustation dinners.

    Cupitt’s Winery will kick off the festivities with a mouth-watering four-course winemaker’s lunch, matched with Cupitt’s wines, and continue the weekend with their popular long table lunch on the Sunday.

    Or guests can enjoy mulled wine and the warmth of open fires while munching on a wood-fired pizza.

    Down the coast Bawley Vale Estate will host cellar door tastings, rock `n’ roll in the vines and a five-course wine appreciation extravaganza at Millards Cottage Restaurant.

    Nine wineries will take part in the festival, with more information available from the website: 梧桐夜网shoalhavencoastwine南京夜网419论坛

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    Highway upgrade connects the city


    2019 - 07.22

    DETAILED design is under way for the Prospect Highway upgrade between Reservoir Road at Prospect and St Martins Crescent at Blacktown to improve travel for all road users.
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    The upgrade will expand the two-lane road to a four-lane divided road with new bridges across the M4 and the Great Western Highway.

    “The detailed design contract for this main road corridor — which connects the city of Blacktown with the M4 — was awarded to SMEC and design work is expected to be completed at the end of this year,” a Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said.

    “The state government has allocated $3 million this financial year to continue planning the upgrade which aims to increase safety and cater for expected traffic growth in the area.”

    A new two-way link road will also be built as part of the work between the Great Western Highway and the Prospect Highway.

    A right-turn lane will be installed from Stoddart Road and a third southbound lane built between the Stoddart Road intersection and the Great Western Highway eastbound entry ramp.

    New traffic lights, a pedestrian footpath and kerb side bus lanes will be installed to improve safety.

    A new roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Keyworth Drive and Hadrian Avenue and the right-turn lane into St Martins Crescent.

    New footpaths will be installed along the southern side of Blacktown Road between Hollydale Place and Prospect Highway and on the eastern side of the Prospect Highway between Lancelot Street and Blacktown Road.

    Three new sections of shared path will be installed between the upgraded pedestrian underpass and old Church Lane shared path on the western side of the Prospect Highway and Keyne Street.

    Back like a boomerang: reprocessed nuclear waste from France to Lucas Heights


    2019 - 07.22

    Nuclear waste sent to France for reprocessing will be returned towards the end of this year to the Lucas Heights nuclear facility for storage.
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    The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) announced it had been granted a licence to operate a temporary waste store until a national repository was created.

    Approval was given by independent regulator, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), which had approved the site and construction start previously.

    An ANSTO spokesman said work was close to completion.

    ‘‘It is international best practice that countries such as Australia, whose health system and economy benefit from a nuclear program, have a responsibility to deal with the by-products,’’ he said.

    ‘‘In line with best practice and French law, the waste will leave France by the end of this year.’’

    HIFAR-spent nuclear fuel rods, generated during medical production at Lucas Heights over 50 years, were sent to France and the UK for treatment to make the waste suitable for permanent storage.

    The contract stipulated that the waste after it was reprocessed for permanent storage be returned by the end of 2015.

    More in the Leader on Tuesday.

    Do you have any concerns about the transfer or storage of the waste?

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    Our bad record on old growth forest


    2019 - 07.22

    What will be left: Australia has been named as one of the countries responsible for the mass destruction of old growth forest. Picture: Erin JonassonAUSTRALIA has been named and shamed as one of the countries responsible for the mass destruction of old growth forest.
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    World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) The Living Forests Report: Saving Forests at Risk reveals 70 per cent of eastern Australia’s forests have been cleared or disturbed, and only 18 per cent is protected.

    The report said the future of temperate forests and rainforests in NSW and Queensland would worsen if laws controlling deforestation were weakened.

    Dr Oisin Sweeney, science officer at the conservation organisation National Parks Association of NSW, said he was not surprised by the findings.

    “Australia is the only developed nation on the list; this should come as a big wake-up call for politicians,” he said.

    He said while there was still a lot of forest on the eastern seaboard much of it was degraded, often through native forest logging.

    “It is still recoverable, it will take some investment to get on top of some of the issues.”

    A Sutherland Shire Environment Centre spokeswoman said more than 1500 established trees were lost each year in the region and Sutherland Shire Council’s tree-planting program replaced only a fraction of what was lost.

    “Although the shire is blessed by our forebears’ far-sighted decision to declare the world’s first national park on our doorstep, we need to honour this legacy by protecting local bushland areas.”

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    Book by Woman of the Year Koenig explores power of caring


    2019 - 07.22

    Power of the written word: Cheryl, Jonathan and Robert Koenig have a history of caring. Picture: Sam VennTHE 2009 Woman of the Year, Cheryl Koenig, 55, of Menai, has a connection to caring that harks back to before she was born.
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    Her father Frici, 84, and her father-in-law, Istvan, 87, were both full-time carers, and survived Hitler’s occupation of Romania during the Second World War.

    Mrs Koenig’s latest book, With Just One Suitcase, is a homage to Istvan and Frici’s optimism in the face of adversity.

    It has a caring element, which has helped Mrs Koenig overcome challenges in her own life.

    Mrs Koenig was diagnosed with cancer of the immune system a few years ago, and her husband Robert, 59, is her full-time carer.

    He also now helps Mrs Koenig care for their son Jono, 30, who suffered brain damage in an accident when he was 12.

    “I started to write the book when I got sick and it was going to be short stories about remarkable post-World War II immigrants,” Mrs Koenig said.

    “Because I got given this timeline of a couple of weeks or a couple of months to live, I literally had sand slipping between my fingers and I had to get this story told about the extraordinary connection between our two fathers.”

    Mrs Koenig’s father-in-law was put into a forced labour camp when he was 16 where he was put in a one-cubic metre box for days at a time.

    “I asked him, ‘my God, how did you survive?’ and he said . . . ‘Cheryl, you only have one choice: you must just choose to survive’.

    “When I keep packing this one little suitcase [for hospital], I think of that, and I choose to be a survivor like Frici and Istvan.”

    Mr Koenig’s parents cared for his sister, who died from a neurological disease.

    Mrs Koenig’s father cared for her mother — former mayor of Hurstville, Joan Loew— during the last 10 years of her life.

    Mrs Koenig is on the NSW Carers Advisory Council and received an OAM in 2014 for service to people with disabilities, their families and carers.

    She is a Brain Injury Association life member and an ambassador of Sutherland Shire Carer Support Service.

    Jono holds four jobs but still needs help with simple tasks such as drinking a glass of water.

    HOW YOU CAN HELP

    Minister for Ageing and Disability, John Ajaka, will launch With Just One Suitcase at a gala fundraiser being held at 6.30pm on Friday, June 19,at The Grand Roxy, Brighton-Le-Sands.

    The launch raises money for Sutherland Shire Carer Support Service.

    Tickets are $130 or $1500 (corporate table of 10). RSVP by Tuesday,

    May 19, to Cheryl Koenig, [email protected]南京夜网419论坛 or 0421258379.

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