Warm weather brings out snakes

SNAKE WATCH: Snake catcher Tony Morrison with a large carpet snake he recently removed from a house in Cleveland. The snake was released into bushland.THE days are longer, the weather is warmer, snakes are on the move and local snake catcher Tony Morrison has been kept busy removing snakes from homes over the past two weeks.
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Tony, of Cleveland, said he was removing “at least a couple every day” from homes within the Redlands and hadat times been calledup to eight times in one day.

“Luckily, most have been carpet snakes and tree snakes, but we do have dangerous snakes in the Redlands and people need to take precautions,” he said.

“Now is a good time to clean up the yard and remove any debris where snakes might take shelter.”

Tony said bird seed left outside could also inadvertently attract snakes, as the seed drewmice and rats, which he said were food to a snake.

He said if people saw a snakethey should give it a wide berth.

“They do move away,” Tony said.

“Most snake bites occur when people try to kill the snake, which is just trying to go away until you try to hit it with something.

“Not only is it illegal to deliberately harma snake, ifyou try to hit iton the head, it will move fast to avoid it.

“You’ll then hit it somewhere else on its body and then you have gone from having a calm snake that was trying to move away to an angry snake that will stand its ground and defend itself.

“When a snake has been injured, it has nothing to lose.”

Tony said people who found a snake inside their home should stay calm, call a professional snake catcher and keep the animal in sight until help arrived, “even if it means sitting on the bench, as a lot of people do”.

“Snakes don’t actually mean to go inside homes,” he said.

“They slide along the sides of things, like houses and fences, and if they come to an opening, in they go.”

Tony can be contacted on 0417 609 462 or through his Facebook page Redland’s Snake Catcher.

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Crops to fall short of winter forecast

Crops may not meet expectations this year due to a lack of October rain.The exceptional crops forecast after the year’s good winter are likely to fall short of expectation.
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Landmark Agronomist, Charlie Buckmaster, says that the lack of early-October rain will have an effect on how crops, namely wheat and canola.

“If we got an inch (of rain) last weekend we would have been laughing,” Mr Buckmaster said.

“Rain is forecast for the 28th, but that will probably be too late, we need it now.”

Every crop, is of course different, however the distinct lack of rain to help finish them off will be noted.

“If we had an inch of rain we would have seen five and six tonne crops.

“I think most crops should still see average yields,” Mr Buckmaster said.

Mr Buckmaster is expecting both canola and wheat yields to be above average.

Canola is due to be harvested at the end of October, while wheat will be harvested between mid and late November.

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State award for Mudgee agent Peter Druitt

Mudgee real estate agent Peter Druitt accepting the rural marketer of the year award from Real Estate Institute of NSW president Malcolm Gunning. Photo: Real Estate Institute of NSW.
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Mudgee agent Peter Druitt has been named rural marketer of the year at the 2015 Real Estate Institute of NSW Awards for Excellence.

Awards were presented across 21 categories including rising star, auctioneers, residential and commercial professionals, digital, innovation and community service at the 18th annual Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner in Sydney last week.

“It means a lot,” principal of Peter Druitt & Co, Mr Druitt said.

“It’s a recognition and especially pleasing in that it’s the first time a it’s been won by an independent agency.

“It’s also pleasing because it’s an industry wide award.”

Beginning as a stock and station agency specialising in livestock and rural property sales in 1993 the business expanded into residential real estate sales in 2004

In 2014 the livestock section of the business was sold, leaving the company to focus entirely on real estate.

“I believe [this award] is a reflection of how we do our business,” Mr Druitt said.

“Our intention is to be professional and provide a service that goes a little bit further and exceeds expectations.”

REINSW President Malcolm Gunning said the Awards for Excellence were a great tradition that celebrated the industry’s best and brightest talent, as well as current and future leaders.

“Great attention has been thrust upon the property industry over the last 12 months and our awards are a great way to showcase those that are excelling in their chosen profession,” Mr Gunning said.

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Man jailed for assaulting police

A SYDNEY man, who had to be tasered three times before he could be arrested, after swinging a large piece of timber and throwing a pitchfork at police, has been sentenced to 18-month jail in Nowra Local Court.
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Michael Brown, 42, of Hotspur Place, Rosemeadow, appeared before Magistrate Dr Gabriel Fleming in Nowra Local Court on Monday facing 17 charges.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of assaulting police, commit an act of cruelty on an animal, stalk intimidate to intend fear, destroy/damage property, six counts of enter enclosed lands, use an offensive weapon to prevent police investigation and four counts of intimidate police in the execution of their duty.

The court heard police were called to an address in Queenborough Street, Nowra a 6.45am on September 2 after Brown had allegedly entered three separate properties.

The court heard he picked up a large metal star picket at one property and returned to the front of another house, banging on the door trying to gain entry.

The female resident, who didn’t know the man, was sitting with her three young children in the lounge room.

Brown then went to the rear of the property and kicked a German shepherd dog.

Receiving a report a man was in Parramatta Park armed with a rake or pitchfork, police found Brown at an adjacent property in Kalandar Street.

He allegedly ran across the backyard and jumped into a property in Parramatta Street.

When approached by police he allegedly started swearing and swinging punches at officers, who sprayed him with a three-second burst of capsicum spray.

Brown allegedly jumped a gate into the backyard and grabbed a large piece of wood, swinging it at a female officer, who fell over as she avoided a blow.

The wood allegedly hit a fence, breaking in half, with Brown standing over the fallen officer holding the broken piece of wood above his head.

A fellow officer tasered Brown with no effect and he retreated to the rear of the yard where he continued to throw his arms at officers as they approached.

He was tasered a second time which again had no effect, with Brown allegedly grabbing a large pitchfork which he raised above his head.

Tasered for a third time, the court heard Brown pulled the Taser tongs from his clothes and swung the pitchfork at officers, striking one officer in the lower legs.

He then jumped the rear fence of the property before more police managed to arrest him.

Magistrate Fleming sentenced him to 18-months jail from September 2 with a non-parole period of 12-months on the charges of assaulting police, stalk intimidate to intend fear, destroy/damage property, use an offensive weapon to prevent police investigation and intimidate police in the execution of their duty.

He was also sentenced to a fixed term of six-months from September 2 for an act of cruelty on an animal.

He was convicted of the other charges but no further penalty was imposed.

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Artesian Droughtmasters to $18,000

Harry Allen, Fairhaven and Western Red Studs, Longreach, after the cheque presentation to the RFDS.DESPITE the horrific droughtconditions engulfing the entire region, Droughtmaster bulls topped at $18,000 atMonday’s annual Artesian Droughtmaster Bull Sale, Blackall.
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The fixturerecordedit’s best ever average of $5415in asale that saw 53 bulls sell to clear 82 per cent of the catalogue at auction.

The medium record result was $397 ahead of the previous benchmark set last year.

The six vendor studs saw clearance levels dip by nine per cent over the previous year’s result.

Market topper was the $18,000 25-month-old, Medway Vindicate (D) offered by Hastings and Sandra Donaldson’s, Medway Stud, Bogantungan. Taking home the 765kg son of Glenlands Purcell (ET) (H) with a 127 EMA and a scan of 15/9mm was Alastair and Karen Kirk, Olinda, Baralaba.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service received a $2750 donation from the vendors of the sale.

The amount represented 10pc of the proceeds of six bulls identified throughout the sale by each of the vendors, the Clonlara, Fairhaven, Glenlands, Medway, Western Red and Yaralla prefixes.

A full report will be published in the October 15 edition ofQueensland Country Life.

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VIDEO: Pair make indie gem with winning film

Film-makers: Australian International Academy students Arian Osman and Ruken Kaya won the student film competition for their entry, Living 2 Lives, which they produced in just one week. Picture: Isabella LettiniTWO year 9 students have won a student film competition after spending just one week developing their first short film.
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“We went to look at the website and realised we only had a week to do the film,” Arian Osman, a student atAustralian International Academy in Kellyville,said.

“Everyone else had nine months.”

Intrigued by the competition’s concept — to produce a film based on the theme of “diversity” — Arian and classmate Ruken Kaya jumped into action, writing scripts, recruiting actors and developing their film-making skills in just a few days.

Ruken KayaLiving 2 Lives, follows a teenage girl as she decides to join some friends at the park and disguise the fact that she is Muslim.

Her friends later discover the truth when they follow her to a religious service at her mosque.

Instead of judging or ridiculing her, they remind her to be proud of who she is.

Watch Living 2 Lives, by Ruken and Arian:

‘Living 2 Lives’ – A short film by Ruken And Arian”She was scared they were going to judge her, but once they knew the truth, they told her you shouldn’t be afraid of who you are,” Arian said.

The Australian International Academy students said the writing stage of the process was the hardest, and scoring the film to fit with the plot.

“Arian was really good at the editing and spent a lot of time on that,” Ruken said.

“It was tricky working out the different camera shots, filming from the bottom and the top, and doing close-ups.”

The pair said they were proud of the end result.

Ruken — whose favourite school subject is English — hopes to one day work as an immigration lawyer or in politics.

Arian is still deciding, but has an interest in art, technology and English.

Both hope those who watch their film understand its positive message.

“I think the message is really important — there’s not enough Islamic movies or Islamic film-makers out there,” Ruken said.

“It’s always good to get your message out there to people.

“I hope they understand the struggle that different people go through because of race or the way they look.”

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AMR shire cleaning contract recommended to be outsourced

Councillors will discuss the cleaning contract at the October 14 meeting. THE Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry have expressed concern over the decision to support a Perth company over local business for a three year cleaning contract with the Augusta Margaret River Shire.
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The October 14 agenda recommends Perth company OCE Corporate Cleaning to take on the three year contract with the Shire.

The recommendation to support the tender by the Perth company has baffled a number of community members, as local businesses have also nominated for the tender.

Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Peter Griffyn said that it didn’t make sense that a Perth cleaning company that doesn’t service the region would be recommended for two shire cleaning contracts when two local cleaning companies meet the requirements to provide the services.

“The shire report says that all tenderers would “ultimately employ local people”, what exactly does “ultimately” mean?” Mr Griffyn said.

“To me it means that not only is the money for these services going out of region to a Perth company, but initially the work will go to Perth employees. We have local workers good to go now with local businesses spending their money locally.

“On a number of levels this just isn’t on, so I hope there is not a total majority vote in support of these recommendations.”

Three service tenders have been made available for the next three years.

This includes one for amenities cleaning and lock up services at various sites within the shire, one for office cleaning services at the Margaret River Civic Administration Building, Zone Room, Margaret River Shire Depot Office and Augusta Shire Office and one for window cleaning services at the Margaret River Civic Administration Building.

Two of these tenders have been met with shire recommendations for OCE Corporate Cleaning to take them over, the recommendation stating a significant cost reduction would be achieved by awarding the two contracts to the company.

The recommendation also stated that economic tendering of council services encourages competitive pricing and allows the shire to obtain value for money for the goods and services it purchases.

“It would be absolutely devastating if the locals didn’t get it,” Down South Wholesale owner Dean Kemp said.

“Small towns run on the livelihood of businesses within them.”

Mr Kemp said he believed it would have a huge flow on effect on other businesses in the community such as himself and it would be a shame to see local business diminished when they put their “heart and soul” into the community.

“I just hope it stays local as these people rely on it,” he said.

“That’s what Margaret River is about, we look after each other.”

Councillor Ian Earl said he would be trying to defer the motion for another briefing.

The item will be discussed in tonight’s council meeting.

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Record year for Lions markets raises $11,700 for community

The Lawson Park Markets, run by Mudgee Lions, have contributed $65,000 to the local community in the past nine years.Mudgee Lions have announced that 2015 was the biggest and best year ever for the Lawson Park Markets.
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The average number of stalls at each market reached 60 for the year, an increase of 10 over 2014 average.

As a result, the Lions were able to donate over $11,700 to local groups and causes directly from the markets income.

Over the nine years of these Lions markets, some $65,000 has been donated back to the local community.

From the 2015 proceeds of the markets, donations have been made to Friends of Mudgee Pound, Mudgee Meals on Wheels for Christmas packs, Mudgee Churches for Christmas luncheons, Mudgee First Scouts, Mudgee Venturers, Mudgee Show Society for children and youth prizes, the Mudgee Lions Palliative Care Project, St Matthews School, the Mudgee NALAG group and many other local groups.

Many of these organisations have benefited from annual support.

Market income in the 2014 calendar year funded a new Lions initiative, Tertiary Education Scholarships for one student each year from each of Mudgee High and Gulgong High.

These scholarships provide $1000 for each of three years to the selected students (nominated by the respective schools) moving on to further education whether to University or TAFE.

The markets also provided over $5000 for LifeSkills Mudgee for their building project ­ Mudgee

Lions and the Australian Lions Foundation provided $25,000 to LifeSkills for their project as well as the local Lions putting in many hours of work at the new premises.

Secretary of Mudgee Lions, Lesley Halpin, on behalf of the Club, has extended a huge public thank you to the whole Mudgee community for its great, ongoing support for these Community Markets over the past nine years.

“There is a general feeling that the market stallholders and the community have taken ‘ownership; of these markets in a very real sense and this is what makes running these markets such a pleasure,” she said.

“The continued support and loyalty of the stallholders, many of whom have been attending these markets for the last nine years, is clearly one of the major reasons for the success of the markets.”

Mrs Halpin said the Lions believe it important that the proceeds from the markets are used locally for the betterment of the community we live in.

“The Club is very proud of its 50 plus years of serving the Mudgee community,” she said.

The Lawson Park Markets, are held on the second Saturday of each month, with a very low site fee of $15 (unchanged in nine years) and Lions also provide an insurance facility at an additional cost of only $10 for those stallholders who do not carry their own insurances.

The normal morning market will be held on Saturday 14 November with a special twilight market on Saturday, December 12 (no morning market on that Saturday).

Anyone who would like more information about the markets or Lions, whether about joining in the fun or about any of our projects and activities, should contact Karen or Guy Kemp on 6373 5366, talk to any of the Lions at the markets or any other project or you can like us on Facebook.

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Scenic Warrnamboolphotos

Scenic Warrnambool | photos Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone
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Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Spring in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens on Tuesday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

Dark clouds loom over Warrnambool during a brief shower on Monday. Picture: Amy Paton

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Farrugia hoping in-form mare will make mum proud

MOST children take great delight in making their parents proud and tonight at the Bathurst Paceway, Londonderry trainer-driver David Farrugia will be attempting to do just that.
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He will be in the gig behind Kylie Armbro, a mare his mother Mary bred and owns, in the NSW State Bred/Breeders Challenge Pace (1730m).

Kylie Armbro has been in good form this season, having finished no worse than second in her last five starts, and Farrugia is hopeful of continuing that streak.

“For my mum and dad, watching them watch her race, it is a big buzz, it makes it all worthwhile,” Farrugia said.

“My parents are 79 … we say it is all about the glory.”

Kylie Armbro is one of a number of horses Mary Farrugia has bred out of Kylies Glory and while she has long shown promise, she has only recently started to turn that into results.

The four-year-old now boasts five wins and nine placings from 30 starts, the most recent victory having come at Bathurst on September 30.

From a barrier one draw she took the lead and thanks to opening and closing sectional splits of 29.9 seconds, she finished 9.1m ahead of her closest rival in a career-best 1:57.9 mile rate.

“She just had to learn how to race, with her it was a case of not knowing what to do out there,” Farrugia said.

“As she’s got a bit more age she has become more keen. She has always had a bit of something from the word go, it was just hard to work out how to switch her on and now she is just getting better and better.

“That last race at Bathurst was the first time that she had ever led. She got a bit lost and didn’t put her mind on it when they came at her, but she got there.”

Tonight Kylie Armbo is not likely to have the worry of leading the race after drawing barrier six.

Instead Farrugia will look for some cover before unleashing the mare in the latter stages of the journey.

“We have just got to see how it pans out. Hopefully she can get a bit of cover and hopefully she can get home for me again.”

While Kylie Armbro is the only last-start winner in the field, it still appears to be an open race.

Nathan Hurst’s Star Singer will be looking to go one better after three consecutive runner-up finishes while John Vautin’s Think It Through heads into the contest on the back of consecutive second placings.

The NSW State Bred/Breeders Challenge Pace will open the eight-race meeting at 6.09pm tonight.

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