Supplier support to grow

17/05/2019 // by admin

CITRUS Australia has welcomed the appointment by Coles supermarkets of an independent arbiter, saying it promises to benefit Sunrayasia produce suppliers.
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SWEET DEAL: Jeff Kennett (INSET) has been appointed by Coles to mediate between the supermarket chain and citrus growers and ensure the relationship continues to prosper.

Jeff Kennett will oversee a new charter with suppliers, and to help resolve commercial disputes.

Citrus Australia chair Tania Chapman said Australia citrus growers had experienced some problems with the supermarket duopoly of Coles and Woolworths, particularly during the industry downturn several years ago when the collapse of the industry’s premium North American market had left the domestic market glutted with citrus.

She said even though supermarkets had jumped in and paid low prices for the glut, they had done growers a service by buying fruit for which there was no other market.

Ms Chapman said despite some problems, most citrus growers were happy with their relationship with the big supermarkets.

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Letters to the EditorLevee Bank and Cenotaph

17/05/2019 // by admin

Dear Editor,
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The levee bank proposal for Narromine raises worrying questions regarding adverse impact on the town and also the official decision making processes which promote such schemes.

Despite a technical report, clear information is minimal and does not give the residents an accurate picture of the levee structure and its immediate and future impact on Narromine.

The affected areas, particularly Warren Road, lack understandable information. Depth indicators were few and hard to identify, and soon vanished.

Houses in Warren Road are occupied by long residents and are approved by Council.

Construction of the levee as proposed would have an extremely adverse impact on lifestyle, amenity and property values.

Council has a clear obligation to respect this area and safeguard its future.

Several other issues are central to future discussion:

1. It is the firm belief of many, having studied local flood history in all Macquarie River towns and also the influence of Burrendong Dam, that the levee is NOT NECESSARY.

2. It is clear that a far simpler and less expensive solution is available. This utilises the existing irrigation channel infrastructure and provides adequate protection for the Aerodrome and Sky Park in any imagined flood. It avoids any need for major levee structures along Warren Road.

Both the design details and the real cost of the levee are not available and must be provided.

Apart from construction there will be large ongoing costs to be borne by the residents.

Council must provide more and clearer details. It must fully consider realistic options.

If existing housing protection and future building construction and development in Narromine cannot be assured, Council must accept that the present system is adequate and DITCH THE LEVEE.

Ben Hall.


How ironic, about three days after Cr Mack has a letter in the Narromine News defending council’s decision to move the Cenotaph, some clown has, by the look of the tyre marks, dragged a tri-axle trailer over part of the fence.

Don’t get too “cock a hoop” council and try to ram down our throats that your decision is right.

Look at this as negligence on your behalf. Negligent in the fact that there is and has been no distinct signage in place to show drivers how to go past the monument and negligence on your behalf that there are lots more trucks coming past the monument due to the closure of the Manildra street rail crossing.

Unless you are in cahoots with the RMS to change the intersection near the monument I’m sure you could have possibly applied for permits to send the trucks other ways, apart from “crowding” the monument and more than likely saving you spending a lot of time on your knees praying for something like this to happen.

Enjoy your retirement Cr Mack, I’m sure there are many intelligent, able-bodied members of the Narromine community who would be able to do the job and they won’t have had to serve an apprenticeship with the Wool Board.

They just need the confidence to put their hand up to have a go. Maybe your decision not to contest the next election might be contagious and some of the others may decide to follow your lead and let some new blood have a go.

It’s time the old guard stepped aside and maybe then some new people would stand up and try. Stale thinking brings about stale ideas.; and while we’re on the subject of change, how about a new mayor, too many years in the one position breeds contempt, so maybe 2014 would be a good time for change, remember a new broom sweeps clean.

Narromine needs a strong mayor to guide the council and keep the executive staff in line. Remember the “pecking order” citizens, councillors, general manager, staff.

As to another part of Cr Mack’s letter, a Cenotaph is the only “spiritual” home for some people to share with their loved ones who fought and maybe died for our country.

Please explain Cr Mack, the difference between some people looking at the marble and cement of the Cenotaph as the “spiritual” home of their lost loved ones and you believing your father’s “spiritual” home is along the riverbanks of ‘Weemabah’.

Not everybody has a ‘Weemabah’, they have to focus on what they have.

Cr Mack, you are very fortunate to have been able to go to Berlin to visit your father’s grave (may he rest in peace), and spend some time there, not everyone has the same good fortune, or the “where with all” to do so.

In my family’s case, my great uncle Alexander Stuart was killed in 1918, I believe in Belgium. He was my grandfather’s brother and while Pop was still with us I can’t remember him ever speaking of Uncle Alex. Maybe he thought we were too young or perhaps he thought we wouldn’t be interested or perhaps he didn’t want to talk too much about it.

Years ago Mum said that Pop told her that his brother had been hit by a shell and I quote “that put a bloody great hole in him” and his remains were never found. My mother’s siblings have long passed and Mum is slipping away from us mentally, so there is not much discussion about such things.

So unlike Cr Mack, and possibly like many other people, I have nowhere to visit. I have no ‘Weemabah’ so the Cenotaph in whatever town I’m living in becomes the “spiritual” home of Alexander Stuart who joined the Australian Imperial Force on November 2, 1915 and died for King and country, somewhere in Belgum in 1918.

Rest in peace, a grateful nation remembers you all for your sacrifice. Lest we forget.

Dawn Brydon

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Strikers push for finals

17/05/2019 // by admin

THE Royal Hotel Singleton Strikers were back at Howe Park for the last home games for season 2014 last Sunday.
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The three fixtures against Thornton were shaping as very important games with both the Viatek U19s and the Concept Controls First Grade teams needing wins to keep their semi final hopes alive.

The Viatek U19s had the chance to cement third spot on the competition table if they were able to secure all three points against Thornton, but unfortunately they were not at their best and went down 2-0.

For not the first time this season, the Youth Team were let down by the late withdrawal of goal keeper Harry Green, forcing a very late reshuffle for coach Brett Taylor’s boys. Maybe it was this disruption that caused the strong U19 line up to look flat for much of the game.

Thornton played well enough without being overly impressive, and did enough to win with a goal in each half of the game.

The win leaves the Viatek U19s needing to win at least two, and probably all, of their last three games to ensure semifinal football.

The ATC Williams U23 are not in a position to push for the semis in 2014, but they can certainly have an impact on who does play in the semi finals, and they went into the clash with Thornton relishing the opportunity to upset one of the teams above them.

But in the end Thornton proved too strong, and ran out 2-0 winners. The Strikers held their own for long periods of the game without really threatening the opposition’s goal, but just like in Youth Grade, Thornton were not overly impressive but did enough to run out comfortable winners.

The Concept Controls First Grade team took to the field knowing a win would move them above Cessnock on the ladder, and to just a point behind Thornton with winnable games in hand, and they looked the better side from the outset.

Even though the scores were still level at 0-0 at the break, the first half of the game was a clear point’s victory to the home teams as the Strikers dominated the game.

The second half continued in much the same vein with Singleton looking the stronger. Twice they were denied goals by the wood work with Jackson Cox and Josh Gilmore both hitting the frame of the goal.

When the Strikers were awarded a penalty for a blatant foul on Lloyd Wakewood, it appeared that Singleton would make the break through, but Singleton’s Albanian striker Klaudon Ahmataj’s well struck penalty was equally well saved by the Thornton goal keeper.

This would prove to be a pivotal moment in the match, as Thornton’s confidence grew after the miss, and Singleton’s belief appeared to waiver.

With just minutes left in the match, a defensive mix up saw a single Thornton attacker manage to win the ball despite the presence of three Singleton players, and he coolly slotted the ball into the unguarded net.

There was barely enough time for the restart, and Thornton won the close contest 1-0.

The loss effectively ends any hope the Concept Controls sponsored First Grade team had of playing semi finals this year. It is still a mathematical possibility, but the permutations of wins required and dependence on other teams losing is too problematic to be a genuine chance.

The Royal Hotel Singleton Strikers are on the road this Sunday against Belmont Swansea.

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Lights, camera, oranges in Bulga

17/05/2019 // by admin

ON LOCATION: Sue Harris and father-in-law Harold Harris hosting a film shoot on their Bulga property. Picture by LOUISE NICHOLSThe beautiful Hillsdale Orchard at Bulga was chosen as the setting of a new Australian feature film Love is Now.
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With the Wollemi National Park as the backdrop, the 4000-tree orange orchard owned by the Harris family could well be Australia’s ­most-photographed.

The 700-acre property has been in Vogue, Hunter Lifestyle and now this film, which is expected to be released in December.

With nearly 100 people involved in the production of Love is Now, the Bulga ­district orchard was a hive of activity that included some pretty famous fruit ­pickers.

The film stars Eamon Farren, best known for his role as Dave in the film Red Dog, and Claire van der Boom, aLogie-winning actress who starred in the remake of Hawaii Five-O.

They were joined by veteran Australian actor Chris Hayward and McLeod’s Daughters’ Dustin Clare.

A coming-of-age film about an itinerant worker, Love Is Now is written by director Jim Lounsbury and produced by his business partner Behren Schulz.

Their company Eponine Film is based in Sydney and the Hunter Valley, with funding for the film coming from local investors.

Mr Schulz, originally from Maitland and a trained mining engineer, spent a good deal of time in the Broke district as it was home to one of his good friends.

“I knew the district pretty well and we thought it would be an ideal place to make the film, we just needed to find the right property,” he said.

Once they saw Hillsdale they knew it would make the ideal location forthe film, in particular the property’sold homestead.

It was selected by the director for the film due to its scenery, its homestead and orchard and the fact it had lots of character.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The film shoot of Love Is Now at Bulga. Picture by LOUISE NICHOLS

The crew spent 10 days in the Hunter Valley in July, mostly at Hillsdale but also at Tocal Homestead near Paterson where the final end-of-harvest party scene will be shot.

During the filming at Hillsdale, one of the Harris family’s old cattle dogs enjoyed all the commotion, but the ­highlight for the canine was wandering around the catering van to pick up a few scraps.

Sue Harris said the family had been on the 700-acre property for three ­generations.

“Last year we had a 16-page fashion shoot for Vogue Australia in the orchard,” she said.

According to her father-in-law, Harold Harris, watching models wearing $5000 dresses and $1200 shoes picking fruit was a real eye opener.

“They looked pretty fancy up a ladder picking fruit in those outfits,” he said with a chuckle.

The family sell much of their fruit at the Newcastle Farmers Markets, where people see the name Bulga and ask how the mine is going, Sue said.

Fruit pickers are only used during the Valencia season when the fruit is sent for juicing, otherwise the fruit is picked and packaged for the fresh market by ­members of the Harris family.

With excellent underground water the trees thrive on the Milbrodale Creek flats, on land protected from the strong westerly winds that sweep through most of the Hunter.

In addition to the oranges the Harris family runs a steer-fattening operation on the farm at Bulga and also on their Carrabolla district property.

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