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Michael Cheika wasn’t trying to ‘death ride’ All Blacks during Ireland defeat

Edinburgh: If you thought Michael Cheika cheered on Ireland to beat New Zealand, think again.
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The Wallabies coach has explained why he will always have a soft spot for southern hemisphere teams over those in the north.

Cheika, who was head coach of Leinster from 2005 to 2010, said he was thrilled for Ireland who broke a 111-year drought by beating the All Blacks 40-29 in Chicago.

However, despite being whitewashed 3-0 by the All Blacks and there being a degree of tension from both sides of the ditch throughout the year, Cheika said he held southern hemisphere teams closer to his heart.

“I’ve got a strong connection with Ireland and I know that we’ve got a strong, competitive nature against New Zealand as well but I’m southern hemisphere,” Cheika said.

“I like the southern hemisphere teams to do well. I know in the bigger picture of things it’s a lot harder down there. All the money in the rugby is up here; players are consistently coming up here. So we’ve got to try and be the best we can at the footy.

“From a global perspective, the southern hemisphere guys, we play against each other and we play hard against each other but then that’s it. I don’t want to death ride teams and stuff like that.”

Despite the soft spot for southern hemisphere nations, Cheika said he does not watch games of rugby and ever support one specific team even if some sides may do the opposite when Australia plays.

“The only time I like seeing our opponents lose is when we’re playing against them,” Cheika said. “It’s not relevant to me otherwise. The only team I’m cheering for is Australia.

“I’m not the type of guy who’s going to be watching two other teams play in my comp, whether it’s international or domestic, and start cheering for one team or the other.

“I’m not trying to take pleasure in watching another team lose. I would like to think that that’s not happening to us. It probably is I suppose. I don’t want to have that attitude.”

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Michael Cheika on why Scotland will be tougher than Wales on Wallabies’ tour

Edinburgh: Michael Cheika says Scotland will be a tougher proposition this week than Wales but is unperturbed if the hosts have redemption on their minds after a controversial World Cup quarter-final exit last year against Australia.
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The Wallabies have settled into the Scottish capital and are getting used to finishing training sessions in the dark and in close to freezing temperatures.

On paper, Scotland should be an easier proposition than Wales, even if the 32-8 scoreline in Cardiff suggested Rob Howley’s men were far from their best.

Despite this, Cheika believes spring tour games get progressively more difficult given teams Australia are due to face can analyse in depth how they play against northern hemisphere sides.

“In these tours every game gets harder because of the fact that you’re here and you’re getting seen here against the relative opponents,” Cheika said.

“They’ve maybe been watching our video against southern hemisphere opponents. Their ability to analyse … they would have been sitting back – they didn’t play last week – and watching us and doing their homework.

“Their coach [Vern Cotter] is a very astute coach so they’ll be doing their homework on what we’re bringing. I just found from my experience in the tour of 2014 … the games get harder every game no matter who you play.”

The main talking point this week will be the fixture just over a year ago in which the Wallabies snatched victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to an 80th minute penalty to Bernard Foley that sealed a famous one-point win.

Cheika is not sure whether the controversial penalty awarded by referee Craig Joubert, and Scotland’s subsequent defeat, will be a motivating factor for the locals.

Even if it is, Cheika could not care less, insisting his only focus is on the Wallabies inner sanctum.

“Scotland will be well up for the game regardless,” Cheika said.

“Like all these games, we come and get asked about the history and inevitably it turns out to be a unique event for itself on the day. I try to keep myself exclusively within our team’s mindset. Trying to think what the opposition is motivated by is not going to work, not going to do you any good.”

Halfback Will Genia has fond memories of that day at Twickenham and described the adulation afterwards.

“We were pumped, we won. I say that respectfully. We were pumped because we won,” Genia said. “At the time it looked like a penalty, it was awarded as a penalty, and Nard [Bernard Foley] stepped up and kicked the goal.

“It was a strange thing after the game for the ref to run off the field, but we were stoked. They were clearly disappointed and felt like they were hard-done by, and might still feel like they are, but what’s done is done.”

Cheika said he was “confident” back-rower David Pocock would be cleared of concussion and be right for the game at Murrayfield in front of what could be a record crowd according to Scottish rugby officials.

With Dean Mumm returning from suspension, Cheika will have to make up his mind whether Pocock and Lopeti Timani keep their spots at No.6 and No.8 respectively.

“Dean had a good week last week,” Cheika said. “We had a new [back-row] combination playing last week and then [Scott] Fardy played quite well when he came on as well. It’s, again, a tough decision that we’ll have to make in the next day or two.”

The news is somewhat promising for spare hooker James Hanson who broke his jaw in Cardiff at a training session early in the week.

“The massive jaw is starting to reduce a little bit, every day it’s getting smaller and smaller,” Cheika said.

“The surgeons gave quite a bright picture for the next few weeks. He’s not going to be in line for anything this week. Ideally he’s going to stay with us all this week. We’ll have a look and see what his comeback is like and if we feel like he’s an option to play in the last few games, then we’ll make a call from there.”

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Protest held on plan reforms

Property Council of Australia state executive director Brian WightmanConcerned residents packed Hobart’s Town Hall yesterday as the government preparesnext monthto be handed a finalised new statewide planning scheme.
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The event, organised by 20 environment and community groups, heard that traditional Tasmanian landscape and suburban amenity values were at risk of being sacrificed to developers.

RMIT University planning expert, Professor Michael Buxton, said Tasmania was one of the last states to adopt a statewide planning schemes following “a 15-year sustained attack on resident rights through land use and planning changes”.

He said similar planning changes on the mainland were market-driven and involved increased discretionary controls to advantage developers.

“We’re told that the reasons to reduce red-tape are to help mums and dads,” ProfessorMichael Buxton said.

“They’re not about that;they’re about helping developers.”Opposition planning spokeswoman Madeline Ogilvie said that the government’s new planning scheme was incomprehensible tothe average person, addingthat changes should be made in a fair and consultative way that everyone could understand.

Greens planning spokeswoman Rosalie Woodruff said that politics needed to be taken out of planning in the state.

She said the new proposed scheme would bring on mass landclearing, impact biodiversity connectivity, and affect endangered species.

Planning Minister Peter Gutwein said that the government madeno apologies for wanting to make the planning system faster, fairer, simpler and cheaper.

“The single statewide planning system has been developed in consultation with the Local Government Association, the Master Builders’ Association, the TFGA, the TCCI, and the HIA as well as 145 stakeholders across the broader community and other experts in the field,” he said.

Property Council of Australia state executive director Brian Wightman said planning reform gave Tasmanians more opportunities to enter the housing market.

“If we truly believe in fairness and equity then we must cater for societal change and take advantage of house prices in our state which still provide people with an opportunity to enter the property market,” he said.

“A lack of consistency and certainty is the legacy of the planning system in Tasmania which has delivered a handbrake on investment and much-needed job creation.”

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Wheat yields signal happy harvest at Surat

Bright days: Margie and Andrew Milla and their son Cooper, Austin Downs, Surat, were hoping clear skies would hold on until their wheat harvest wrapped up.
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The wheat harvest in the Maranoa region is in full swing with yields delighting farmers after an exceptional spring growing season.

Share farmer Andrew Milla, Austin Downs, Surat, has just finished harvesting 650 hectares of dryland wheat with 250 hectares of irrigated wheat and 200 hectares of chickpeas still to go.

Mr Milla said all wheat was dry planted and received ideal rainfall soon after meaning 70 per cent of his water allocation remained in storage for his summer cropping rotation.

“We were very fortunate to have such a soft spring without any of those 40 degree days in September that we sometime see and it’s showing in the yields now,” he said.

“Our dryland cropping country is averaging 4.4t/ha and the irrigated wheat is averaging 7t/ha and both are way above our expectations.”

Mr Milla said 560kg of Urea was applied to both dryland and irrigation paddocks with priority given to irrigated country that was double cropped from cotton straight into wheat.

Mr Milla said quality was mainly good with only a “scattering of black point” in the dryland wheat.

“Everyone around here seems to have a touch of it- the irrigated wheat is fine because it was planted a little later and the heads weren’t fully formed when we had the bulk of the wet weather in winter,” he said.

“We haven’t had too much of it and apart from what was affected most of the dryland wheat is grading H2 and we even had some ofthe irrigated wheat grade APH2 so that was another nice surprise.”

Mr Milla said the farming potential of Austin Downs lay mostly hidden beneath a Paulownia tree plantation until the property was bought and development began three years ago.

“There were 1400 hectares of trees here originally and we’re developing the last 300 hectares now- we just finished stick raking and we’re ready to start leveling it for dryland farming,” he said.

“Only the irrigated area was developed when we came here and we developed one more circle for five in total.

“The plan is to have the whole place in crop next year so we should have about 1000 hectares of dryland cropping here- that’s the plan for next year’s winter.”

With the next crop in the forefront of his mind, Mr Milla said four pivots would go straight back to mungbeans after harvest and for something slightly left of centre, a 70 hectare seed crop of pigeon peas would also be planted.

“The pigeon peas are a refuge crop for cotton farmers and there’s a seed shortage at the moment so Associated Grains asked that I grow a crop,” he said.

“They needed an isolated grower two to three kilometres from another pigeon pea crop,presumably to avoid cross-pollination, and we’re pretty unique here in that there aren’t a lot of irrigators around.

“We harvested one half of the wheat and when we got to the other end I started the water because we want to get the pigeon peas inas soon as we can so I’m pre-watering to get a flush of weeds, then I’ll spray and plant.”

Despite wheat prices remaining at the lower end of the scale, Mr Milla remained a picture of positivity.

“It would have been nice to see the price come up but we’re getting unbelievable yields and it’s helping to offset that lower price- that’s farming and that’s markets.”

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Idle kitchens can earn cash

Winning combination: Ian Chang, James Jordan and Caroline Aguesse.EXPERIENCE gained in his first start-up laid the foundation for James Jordan’snext project: Sprout Kitchens.
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Mr Jordan, along withCaroline Aguesse, founded the business which pairs commercial kitchens with businesses looking for kitchen space.

The six-month-old Melbourne-based start-up provides a service matching commercial, restaurant or cafe kitchen owners with small businesses looking for a spare kitchen space to prepare food.

For a monthly fee, equivalent to 15 per cent of their rent fee, Sprout identifies kitchens whose facilities are free for use in non-peak times.

It also offers an insurance platform to cover the property owners and temporary renter, security for the premises and a food safety and cleanliness guarantees.

Given cafe and restaurants can spend up to $300,000 setting up kitchen assets, but earn relatively static margins of just three to five per cent annually, MrJordan,chief executive officer,said Sprout gave existing business a chance to earn extra from premises which usually sat idle for 12 hours a day.

“The food and beverage industry is very inefficient in the way it uses its resources,” he said.

“We want to capture these under-utilised assets, jobs, and logistics and marry them with businesses who want to enter the food business or expand an existing venture.”

The company had 45 kitchens signed up and generated $9000 revenue with its service last month.

Sprout, which has also established a partnership with the Deliveroo restaurant food delivery network, is seeking $300,000 in fresh seed funding to expand its service Australia-wide and overseas.

The existing commercial kitchen rental market in Australia was worth more than $2 billion last year, but much of that space was only used by one operator for part of the time.

Last week Sprout won Rabobank’s FoodBytes! competition where they werecongratulated by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands who attended part of Rabo’s Farm2Fork Summit as part of a state visit to Australia and New Zealand.

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands congratulate Sprout Kitchen’s Ian Chang, James Jordan and Caroline Aguesse.

Mr Jordan had previously established a business which delivered Mexican food to hungry Sydney-siders. The business was making on-demand burritos at night at kitchens rented out by cafes.

“It quickly became clear this was the most valuable part of the business model and that’s where the idea for the Sprout Kitchens model began,” he said.

The business now operates in Melbourne and Sydney. Their next stop in Brisbane then London.

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