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Trial to prove cherries are fruit fly free

Crop: A trial being conducted on NSW cherry orchards aims to open new export markets. Seventeen cherry growers across NSW are taking part in a trial to measure the effectivenessof pest control systems and ensure their cherries arefree of Queensland fruit fly.
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The trial is intended to help growers sell their fruit in export markets by scientifically proving to South East Asian buyers that Australia’s pest control measures are effective.

The trial is supported by the NSW Farmers’ Association and NSW Cherry Growers andwill be managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.The federal government has contributed$343,000 in funds.

“Smaller exporters often don’t have the resources of the bigger players when it comes to getting their product to market and this project is working to address that problem,” Minister for Agriculture BarnabyJoyce said.

“Managing Queensland fruit fly is critical to maintaining Australia’s profitable horticultural export trade, with many of our destination markets having a fruit fly free requirement.

“The project is about providing assurances to destination markets and supporting smaller exporters land their produce on foreign shores.

“The cherry on top is being able to deliver a program for NSW cherry growers designed to provide a real increase in exports and a sweeter deal for farmers across NSW.”

Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said so far 17 cherry-growers across NSW were participating in the trialto show their fruit meets the level of protection for domestic market access.

“A total of 68 fruit fly traps will be deployed, andfarmswill monitored by field staff from NSW Local Land Services, which has been contracted to monitor traps,” Mr Gee said.

“Measures to protect thesefarmsfrom fruit fly include pre-harvest monitoring, with associated chemical treatment where required, and post-harvest inspection.

“NSW cherry exports have almost doubled since 2007, going from 525 tonnes that year to 1,042 tonnes in 2016. In 2014-15 cherry production was worth $18.5 million to the NSW economy.

“As a trading nation producing far more than we could ever consume, exports underpin the profitability of our agriculture sector.”

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Lawton quits Lions

ON THE MOVE: Key forward James Lawton has departed Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong after two seasons back at his home club. Picture: Les SmithTALENTED key forward James Lawton has quit Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.
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In a devastating blow to the Lions’ prospects for next season, Lawton has informed GGGM that he will play elsewhere in 2017.

The Lions have been in negotiations with Lawton for some time but talks between the two parties hit a stalemate recently.

Lawton, along with fellow GGGM players Adam Cullen and Brandon Rigney, are expected to sign with Ovens and Murray League club Corowa-Rutherglen.

Lawton revealed the decision to leave is not one he wanted to make.

“It was a gut wrenching decision to be honest,” Lawton said.

“Me and the boys really wanted to continue to play at Ganmain and if it was up to me we would all be playing at Ganmain next year, but it’s not and that’s why we’ve decided to move on.

“I can’t speak any higher of my home club. The passion and love for the community and footy club hasalways been in my life and always will be.

Lawton quits Lions James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

James Lawton in action for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

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Letters

LEST WE FORGETAt the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the Armistice ending the First World War came into effect and the fighting on the Western Front stopped.
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Almost 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front, where more than 45,000 lost their lives and more than one-third of those have no known grave.

During the First World War the Anzac legend was born, which helped define the character of our young nation.

Sadly, this was not the last time that Australians have been called upon to fight, and die, for the values and freedoms that also define our national character.

More than 102,000 Australians have died serving our country in all wars and conflicts.On Remembrance Day, we honour each and every one of those Australians.

At 11am we fall silent, not to glorify war but to honour the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our country.

Lest we forget.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

WHO IS CALLING SHOTS?What kind of a country have we become with a gutless Prime Minister, who hasn’t the backbone to stand up to the extreme right in his Party.

We have the likes of Abetz, Anderson, Abbott and Dutton, together with the Nationals, One Nation and Family First calling the shots.

This is a general view held by many Australians reflected in his poor polling, which is lower then that of Abbott at the time he was deposed.

Turnbull is a full on capitalist, but was regarded as a small “L” liberal when it came to social issues.

While some of the poorest countries in the world are taking in hundreds of thousands refugees this Government is proposing life bans on those who arrive on boats.

This is after placing these people assessed as refugees in offshore prisons indefinitely.

Neither Party can stand proud on its treatment of refugees. However, this latest proposal is really twisting the knife.

If the same approach was taken with Vietnamese refugees the country would have lost the skills, talents and good humour of these Australians, who have added value to our multicultural society.

.While Turnbull lets this right wing rabble run the race he will go down in history as Australia’s do nothing Prime Minister.

Ken Bone, Conjola Park

SWEET MUSICSaturday night, I was again astounded by the Australian Musicians that played at Jane’s on Flinders street Wollongong.

This week, we heard Cameron Little, guitarist and vocalist who wrote and sang gentle earthy personal songs with guitar virtuosity equal to Stevie Ray Vaughan, including a superb ballad called Silver that I still can’t get out of my head.

If that wasn’t enough, we were further entertained by Western Australian musicians from the Blue Child Collective with acoustic guitar and delightful vocal harmonies.

My husband and I were amazed by the sheer talent before us. Another fantastic night at your venue, it was a pure treat to be entertained by such outstanding talented musicians. Jane, we would like to thank you for hosting the best music in the Australia.

Patricia and Charlie Bohackyj, Towradgi

ON THE CUSPChina is on the cusp of economic superiority.What will happen if China instead of moving up a rung in the world of finance becomes the most powerful political nation in the world? I’ll answer that question. There will be a dramatic change in military alliances. The election of Donald Trump as the next American President is a threat to world stability and may lead to the escalation of opportunistic, aggressive, moves by expanding nations.

John Macleod, Berry

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Search for ET underway with CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope

FINDINGS: Parkes has joined two US telescopes in ongoing surveys to determine whether civilisations exist elsewhere and the first local findings are in.Breakthrough Listen – the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond earth – has announced its first observations using the CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope.
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Parkes has joined two US telescopes – the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory in California – in ongoing surveys to determine whether civilisations exist elsewhere.

Breakthrough Listen waslaunched in 2015 by internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking.

Mr Milnersaid the addition of Parkes was an important milestone.

“These major instruments are the ears of planet earth, and now they are listening for signs of other civilisations,” he said.

After 14 days of commissioning and test observations, ‘first light’ for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes was achieved on November 8,with an observation of the newly-discovered earth-size planet orbiting the nearest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri.

A red dwarf star 4.3 light years from earth, Proxima Centauri is known to have a planet (‘Proxima b’) orbiting within its habitable zone, the region where water could exist in liquid form on the planet’s surface.

Dr Andrew Siemion, Director of Berkeley SETI Research Center and leader of the Breakthrough Listen science program, said the chances of any particular planet hosting intelligent life-forms are probably minuscule.

“But once we knew there was a planet right next door, we had to ask the question, and it was a fitting first observation for Parkes,”Dr Siemion said.

“To find a civilisation just 4.2 light years away would change everything.”

CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope is perfectly positioned to observe parts of the sky that can’t be seen from the northern hemisphere, including the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy, large swaths of the galactic plane, and numerous other galaxies in the nearby universe.

Dr Douglas Bock, Director of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, said the Parkes telescope was one of the most highly cited radio telescopes in the world.

“The Parkes Radio Telescope has a long list of achievements to its credit, including the discovery of the first ‘fast radio burst’,” he said.

“Its unique view of the southern hemisphere sky and cutting-edge instrumentation means it now also has a great opportunity to contribute to the search for extra-terrestrial life.”

Swinburne University of Technology is working closely with University of California, Berkeley, and CSIRO to design and implement a signal-processing and data-storage system for the project that will make the Breakthrough Listen data available to the science community.

Professor Matthew Bailes, ARC Laureate Fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology, and the Breakthrough Listen project’s Australian science coordinator, said Breakthrough Listen would do more than just hunt for ET.

“The detection system on Parkes will be simultaneously searching for naturally occurring phenomena such as pulsars and fast radio bursts, which are a large part of Parkes’ present work,” Dr Bailes said.

“The Australian science community welcomes the opportunity to share the Breakthrough Listen data for other ongoing research projects.”

Breakthrough Listen will use 25 per cent of the science time available on the Parkes Radio Telescope over the next five years.

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