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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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    Garage sale for Vanuatu relief on Saturday


    2019 - 06.21

    A student at the Pango Centre School library in Vanuatu before it was ruined by Cyclone Pam.CLEVELAND District State High school is organising a Monster Garage Sale on Saturday, May 16 to raise money for Vanuatu relief efforts.
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    The fundraising event will be held in the Smith Street Community Hall and locals are encouraged to donate items for the sale.

    The school has close ties with Pango Village, a town close to Port Vila, and money raised will fund Cleveland High’s Vanuatu Library Project.

    Deputy principal Robyn Przewloka said her school had formed a strong bond with Pango Centre School for the past 10 years by helping build libraries and classrooms.

    “In addition to supporting our sister school community, our staff and students have built a kindergarten and resourced a number of kindergartens and school libraries in the area,” she said.

    She said that after the devastation of the cyclone, the school had been fundraising to help the people of Pango Village.

    “Our immediate concern is food and repairs to the school and kindergarten,” she said.

    The school’s chaplain, Neale Collier, was currently in Vanuatu and had arranged rebuilding with the funds raised so far.

    “He has also bought beans, cabbage, sweet potato, yams and roasted peanuts and has been delivering those items to families throughout the village,” she said.

    Mr Collier said now that immediate concerns of repairs and food relief were being relieved, it was time to concentrate on replacing the libraries that were lost in the cyclone.

    “A lack of literacy in the Pacific Islands is a major problem and Vanuatu is considered one of the worst,” he said.

    “Vanuatu has dedicated teachers, but poor teaching and learning resources.”

    He said the school dispatched a team to build libraries in three remote schools in Espiritu Santo in 2014.

    “The books have resulted in an immediate improvement in literacy, more enthusiasm for reading among children and resources for teachers,” he said.

    Items can be dropped off at Smith Street community hall on Friday, May 15 from 10am to 7pm, but larger items can be picked up by a volunteer.

    For more information or to have an item picked up, contact the school on 3824 9222 with your name, address and a brief description of the items to pick up.

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    Festival features island-style ukulele


    2019 - 06.21

    REDARTSis excited to have Bobby Alu coming to Cleveland to perform for the first time at Redlands Ukulele Festival.
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    On Saturday, June 13, Bobby will conduct a workshop and two solo sets on ukulele, snare and log drum for the daytime and evening concerts.

    His workshops and concerts will be popular, so book early at 梧桐夜网trybooking南京夜网.

    Festival goers will witness Bobby’s smooth soul island sound, afro rhythms, hint of pop and good vibes.

    In Bobby’s Samoan Island Style Uke workshop, he will give an insight to his Samoan island style of playing ukulele along with his history and understanding of the instrument from the perspective of his Samoan heritage.

    More information at 梧桐夜网red landsukulelefestival南京夜网419论坛

    This popular performer has performed overseas for six years and won the most popular male at the recent Queensland Music Awards.

    The rising star has performed at numerous music festivals, including Byron’s Bluesfest, Woodford Folk Festival, Nannup Festival and Island Vibe, and is an increasingly in-demand performing artist.

    Expect a fresh, simple sound with tastes of Polynesian ukulele, pacific beats, catchy songs, and powerful log drumming.

    His albums include Take it Slow and, more recently, his song Changes Changes was included on the world-renowned Putumayo Australia compilation.

    In Bobby’s ‘Samoan Island Style Uke’ workshop, he will give an insight to his Samoan island style of playing ukulele along with his history and understanding of the instrument from the perspective of his Samoan heritage.

    During the workshop, he will teach participants chords, island strumming patterns and an island song.

    For more information, visit 梧桐夜网redlandsukulelefestival南京夜网419论坛

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    NSW weekly cattle summaryMay 7 2015


    2019 - 06.21

    Numbers slip
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    Cattle consignments in NSW slipped 2 per cent, week-on-week, for a total of 24,655 head.

    Wagga added 12 per centmore for a penning of 4397 head, as Forbes lost 17 per centat 1378 cattle. Tamworth fell by 14 per centand yarded 1675 head and CTLX consigned an extra 24 per cent, to total 3830 head. Gunnedah added another 14 per cent, compared to the previous market and penned 2480 cattle, while Inverell nearly halved its numbers at 805 head. Scone and Singleton both penned fewer cattle for a total of 1040 and 700 head, respectively, while Armidale lifted 11 per centto offer 2000 head. Casino lost 13 per cent, to total 1720 head and consignments at Dubbo slipped 2 per cent, for a penning of 4630 cattle.

    Prices push higher

    The younger cattle throughout most categories trended dearer, with the vealer steers to the restockers lifting 3¢, as the medium weights ranged from 218¢ to 286¢/kg. The equivalent weighted heifer portion gained from 2¢ to 15¢, with those to the processors realising the greater gains and averaging 234¢, after reaching 260¢/kg.

    Medium weight yearling steers to the lot feeder orders trended 8¢ dearer, making from 222¢ to 286¢, while the heavy weights also topped at 286¢/kg. The yearling heifers to the lot feeder orders trended 3¢/kg dearer. The prime conditioned younger cattle to the butchers lifted 3¢ to 10¢ and more in places, with the best topping at 286¢/kg.

    The heavy weight grown steers suitable for slaughter sold 6¢ to 12¢ dearer, with the bulk selling around the 254¢ to 260¢ range, after reaching 288¢/kg.

    Cows sold firm to 4¢ cheaper, as the plainer 2 scores averaged 168¢, with the better covered 3 and 4 scores ranging from 149¢ to 228¢/kg. Heavy weight bulls topped at 267¢/kg.

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    IN BRIEF


    2019 - 06.21

    $74m aim for Salvos
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    The Red Shield doorknock campaign for 2015 aims to raise $74 million to aid its community works.

    The appeal was launched by Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Friday at Rooty Hill RSL Club.

    Volunteers will come knocking on the weekend of May 30-31.

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    Eat outside smoke-free

    Western Sydney Local Health District has reminded the community that all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW will be smoke-free from July 6, under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000.

    It means staff and patrons of hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to work and dine outdoors without being exposed to harmful second-hand tobacco smoke.

    The health service is working with businesses to help them get ready for smoke-free outdoor dining.

    The legislation applies to all ignited smoking products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and water pipes.

    Chance to win Hi-5 visit

    Ahead of Hi-5’s upcoming national tour, Hi-5 House of Dreams, the children’s entertainment group are giving one Sydney childcare centre the chance to win a special visit.

    The winning centre will get the opportunity to meet Hi-5, learn some new dance moves and hear the group perform some of their hit songs.

    Children can colour in the Hi-5 Dream Catcher Activity sheet that can be downloaded from lifeliketouring南京夜网/win. Entries close May 15.

    Crime forum a success

    Greenway MP Michelle Rowland has thanked Quakers Hill police, the NRMA, Glenwood Community Association and Glenwood Community EyeWatch for taking part in a community crime prevention forum in Glenwood, attended by more than 60 residents.

    “Quakers Hill police was able to put things into perspective for local residents and confirmed crime was not spiking in the local area,” Ms Rowland said.

    “But the police stressed the importance of reporting crime when it occurs and in making sure residents knew the right number to call.

    “Triple-0 is for emergencies, the Police Assistance Line is for issues that aren’t urgent and the local area command can be called for all other issues.

    “Quakers Hill police also stressed the importance of locking doors and garages as a lot of break-ins are unforced.”

    Centre helps women

    The West Connect Domestic Violence Services support group — which funds the Jessie Street Centre in Rooty Hill — received a $2000 donation last week.

    The money was raised at the recent Coral McLean Awards, an annual event organised by Chifley federal MP Ed Husic.

    “The Jessie Street Centre assists local women through crisis accommodation, community outreach support and referrals to women with or without children,” Mr Husic said.

    “Not only does it give women a safe haven, but the centre offers a safe place to plan new lives.

    “It’s important to continue contributing to Jessie Street and ensure they are able to keep providing these vital services in our local area.”

    Call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 if you need support.

    Festival a fun day for families


    2019 - 06.21

    It’s back: Last year’s Riverstone Festival street parade. Picture: Helen NezdropaTHE final touches are being added to parade floats and final rehearsals are under way for the annual Riverstone Festival on Saturday.
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    “The festival is a promotion for Riverstone as well as a good, fun day,” festival committee president Phyllis McAlpine said.

    There will be performances on the main stage, rides, antique vehicles, an art show and the famous street parade at 11am.

    Entertainment includes performances by local singers, dance groups and school choirs.

    For those who enjoying shopping, there will jewellery, clothing and other stalls.

    Food choices range from German burgers and gozleme to poffertjes and the humble sausage sizzle.

    Mrs McAlpine said the festival began in 2000 to support the Riverstone Chamber of Commerce as part of Awakening 2000, an initiative for churches to spread the word of the Gospel.

    It had no parade and only 56 stalls.

    This year’s festival has more than 100 stalls.

    “The people of Riverstone feel like they own it,” she said.

    Organisers are hoping not to have a repeat of the 2003 festival, which had to be called off due to bad weather.