Ramp up the competition in summer crops

Weed reduction: Dr Bhagirath Chauhan measured a 30 per cent reduction in weed biomass when cotton was planted at 50 cm row spacing compared to 100 cm, and also recorded a yield improvement of up to 28 per cent, depending on the crop stage when weeds were removed. Photo: supplied.The higher rainfall across many grain growing regions in 2016 is providing farmers with more opportunities for summer cropping.Weeds also stand to gain from the additional soil moisture putting additional pressure on summer fallow spraying programs.
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Dr Bhagirath Chauhan, Principal Research Fellow with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) says agronomic trials measuring the effect of early canopy closure in summer crops are consistently resulting in lower weed biomass and higher crop yield.

“Our research in mungbean, cotton and soybean have shown that more even plant spacing across the paddock is more important for weed suppression than increased seeding rate, and this is best achieved through narrower row spacing,” he says.

“In cotton, we demonstrated a clear benefit in planting at 50 cm row spacing rather than the conventional 100 cm spacing however, the limitation for growers is the inflexibility of the current harvesting equipment.”

One configuration that has shown promise internationally but not yet fully investigated in Australia is the ultra-narrow row (UNR) concept where the beds remain at 100 cm spacing to suit the harvester but two rows of cotton are planted either side of the bed, effectively shading the inter-row earlier than a single row planting. The ultra-narrow rows are planted 19 to 38 cm apart on the bed and seeding rate is usually increased slightly.

With limited options to increase crop competition in cotton, and the widespread adoption of Roundup-Ready (RR) technology in the industry, there is now a focus on finding alternative herbicide chemistry to manage the risk of glyphosate resistant weeds in cotton systems.

Dr Chauhan says growers are achieving good weed control with the pre-emergence herbicides recently registered for use in cotton. “The biggest challenge with these herbicides is getting the application right, taking into account the effect of rainfall, irrigation type and timing and the soil type,” he says. “There are emerging weeds such as feathertop Rhodes grass, sesbania and amaranth that are challenging the Roundup-Ready cropping system and so growers need to have other weed management tactics in place early.”

The cotton industry is promoting the adoption of the 2 + 2 + 0 weed management system to protect glyphosate and the Round-Up Ready hybrids. This entails the use of two non-glyphosate herbicide options, two non-herbicide tactics and zero weed survivors. Re-introducing the use of pre-emergent herbicides in cotton farming is an important part of this weed management program. Increasing crop competition is also worth further investigation given the potential weed control and crop yield benefits to be gained if the limitations of current harvesting equipment can be addressed.

To maintain yield in cotton it is important to restrict all weed management operations to the early stages of crop growth, a distinct advantage of using pre-emergent herbicides to minimise weed growth prior to crop canopy closure.

Peter Newman, communication lead with Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative, has long been an enthusiastic advocate of crop competition in cereals. He saysthe recent findings in summer crops provides growers with a valuable non-herbicide tool they can use to help suppress weeds.

“Over and over we are seeing results come from crop competition trials showing suppression of weed biomass in competitive crops, and usually a yield benefit,” he says. “This is a win win for growers and needs to become standard practice in all crops – not only regarding row width but all agronomic practices that boost early crop growth and result in early canopy closure.”

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Trailer denied for parade

For the family of Natalie Daley it is symbolic of the most important thing at Christmas –love for family, but for the Apex Club of Ulverstone it represents a political standpoint notfit for its annual Christmas parade.
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In support: Leonie Hiscutt MLC, Natasha Hutton, Roger Daley, Senator Anne Urquhart and opposition leader Bryan Green at the launch of the trailer on Sunday. Picture: Paul Scambler.

The Little Green trailer, which was launched at the weekend, bears the name and face of medicinal cannabis advocate Natalie Daley, who died in May 2016.

Mrs Daley’s sister Tash Hutton filed an application to enter the trailer into the Apexs Club of Ulverstone’s annual Christmas parade, only to be denied.

“I was not impressed,” Mrs Hutton said.

Mrs Hutton said the reasoning that was given by the organisers was the leaf could be seen as creating a “political statement”.

The APEX Club of Ulverstone’s Christmas Parade coordinator Matthew Sulzberger said the main point behind the decision,which was made by group consensus, was not the “iconography” but about the trailer being in memorium.

“The overarching theme [of the parade] is light, cheerful and festive and having what is essentially a memorial for people who passed away, it is probably not the time and place for it,” Mr Sulzberger.

Mr Sulzberger said the entry was given a “pretty decent hearing” and an amount of discussion among the 12 members present.

Furthermore he said other issues raised were insurance requirements and that a “long standing requirement” from the council states there is to be “no politicising of entries” .

He said the club was concerned the council may react negatively to the entry and interpret it as making an “overt political statement”.

Mrs Daley’s dad Ian Faulsaid he was disappointed.

“Some of their family may be sick one day and they might be begging for medicinal cannabis,” Mr Faul said.

Mrs Hutton said she believed the trailer did embody the spirit of Christmas.

“At Christmas the most important thing is to have family, and her being a local Ulverstone woman, it is in memory of her,” she said.

“It is not about the leaf it is tribute to Nat.”

Senator Anne Urquhart, a supporter of Mrs Daley’s cause, said she believed the Apex club should reconsider their position.

“People have said there is nothing Christmassy about medicinal cannabis, but that is a pretty narrow sort of view,” Senator Urquhart said.

“There is broader Christmas message about helping people and people’s ability to live in our society in a pain free way.”

SenatorUrquhart said the organisersshould consider the educational benefit of the float.

“The community should embrace it and learn about it before they close their mind to it,” she said.

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BHS raises the house

Students raise funds for Veritas Good cause: Year 9 students at Blayney High School presented Veritas House representatives Sarah Luff and Tiffany Stonestreet with $1276.
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Year 9 students from Blayney High School have been out and about over the past two weeks raising funds for Veritas House as part of their Social Issues -Disadvantaged Youth and Homelessness studies in English.

The students developed their ideas and after some tweaking,advertised and campaigned them around the community.

A cake stall and aclothes, linen and canned food drive as well as collecting presents resulted in the students collectingover 30 christmas presents and many bags of clothes, linen and canned food for distribution.

The cake stall raised $323, the raffle raised $600 and the barbecue raised $353. In total the year 9 English students at Blayney High School raised $1276.

Farmers’ Market this SundayBlayney Farmers’Market will be celebrating in Christmas spirit this month. Themarketswill be a Christmasshopping haven and is perfectly timed forthe Sunday before Christmas. It will be the lastminute stop off to grab that original, never been seen before gift.We have a wide selection of stall holders that will also help you prepare for thebig day.

Millfest MarketsThe second annual John Davis Motors’ ‘MillFest’ on Saturday, December 17 will be a party like noother with live music in Pym StreetMillthorpe for five hours.

The street will be closed from 2pm until 8pm with at least 50 market stalls, food stalls, three localcellar door outlets, two craft beer stands and a jumping castle and face painting for theyoungsters. Of course, the very special Millthorpe boutique shops, cafes and restaurants will all beopen for business well into the evening.

View Club ChristmasThe Christmas Dinner will be held next Tuesday 20th December at the Commercial Hotel in Millthorpe, $30 per head includes a delicious Christmas dinner. All replies to Cazzie, regardless of whether or not you are on the permanent list of acceptances.

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Program ‘going to change Bellambi’

GRADUATES: (Front) Ann Burbrook, Senior Constable Josie Kolts, TAFE teacher Peter Bradbury, Senior Constable Elizabeth Catto, Roslyn Williams, (back) Donna Stewart, Dell Cotter, Jean Barham, Rebecca Hinder, Tracy Stephens-Wood, Dayne Morris, Emma Belgrove and Emma Jane Stephens. Picture: Brad LiberAnn Burbrook isone of the ‘’champions’’ chosen to advocate for social change within the Bellambi community.
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But the Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre manager is adamant Wollongong Police and TAFE Illawarra truly deserve the champions tag for designing and running a program educatingcommunity leaders about domestic violence issues.

Ms Burbrook was one of the 15 Bellambi Mentors whograduated with a TAFE NSW Statement of Attainment in Mentoring at Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre on Monday, December 12.

She was delighted with the program outcomes.

‘’I’d really like to thank TAFEand Wollongong police for putting this course together because these sort of things really help break down barriers in the community,’’ Ms Burbrook said.

‘’The course was brilliant! It is going to change Bellambi.

‘’It absolutely set out to achieve what it was intended to achieve. We were told exactly what the police do around domestic violence and how the community can work with them.’’

Police and TAFEdid a similar project last year with the multicultural communities in Wollongong.

With acombination of mentoring from TAFE teachers and an understanding of the role that Police play in domestic violence, Ms Burbrookthought the information dovetailed really well.

‘’The Police spokespeople broke down those barriers and humanised their role. It engaged everyone in a diverse group of different ages, genders, social and cultural backgrounds,’’ she said.

‘The light has been shone on Bellambi recently and this is apositive outcome.

‘’The members of our community are standing up and going to run this group.’’

Program teacher and coordinator Katie Carroll said the course was delivered over four days and was designed to givecommunity leaders skills and information to deal with a range of social community issues including domestic violence situations.

‘’Domestic violence matters do not always get reported to police for a number of reasons, leaving victims at risk and without support,’’ she said.

‘’The course content provides advice in relation to reporting domestic violence and information about access to support services.’’

Identified as having a strong presence and connection with families in their local community, it’s often these leaders that victims will turn to.

‘’It also provides a gentle opportunity to introduce community members back into a study environment and give information to them about available pathways if they want to continue their learning,’’ Ms Carroll said.

‘’They [leaders] have the ability to improve their community and work with other members of the community.’’

Ms Burbrook added the courseenabled leaders to encouragepeople to stand up against domestic violence and‘’help them understand that it’s just not on.’’

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Dubbo on the world stage

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It’s been a stellar year for Dubbo College, thanks to the students, teachers, administrative staff, parents and members of this very special community.

The innovationof five Dubbo College Year 12 boys and their teacher have been globally recognised after their remote-controlled miniature four-wheel drive was awarded best engineered vehicle at the World 4×4 in Schools championships in Britain this year.

Bryce Cronin, Sharik Burgess-Stride, Shiv Ram, Chayan Deb Nath and Lucas Blattman, together with Dubbo College teacher John Miller, travelled to Coventry in the UK after being awarded a wild card entry to the world event.

Team Zircon, as they were known, not only took out the best engineered vehicle, but came second overall in the world wide competition, giving them the podium finish they had sought.

The Dubbo College team made the World 4×4 in Schools championships a winning double for Australia, with the Wombat Warriors from Queensland’s Pine Rivers State High School winning first place and Portugal third.

Team Zircon placed second for the portfolio and pit display, research and design process and verbal presentation.

The team, which was accompanied to Coventry in England by Dubbo College teachers Jayne Ainsworth and Stan Zajac, created considerable interest in their vehicle by manufacturing their own wheels, a unique feat in the competition.

“The Team Zircon four-wheel drive completed a course involving three sections of driving, including tackling obstacles.”

The boys not only constructed the best engineered vehicle in the world, but came second overall in the prestigious contest.

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“Before we left we talked about stamping Dubbo on the world map and I think we can safely say we’ve pulled out all stops to represent our school and our community to the very best of our ability.”

Innovative leaders: Bryce Cronin, Sharik Burgess-Stride, Shiv Ram, Chayan Deb Nath and Lucas Blattman win a top prize at the World 4×4 in schools championship held in the UK.

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Bulldogs expand frontvideo

RECEPTION: Bulldog Jack Redpath receives a rock-star reception from Pleasant Street Primary School in the club’s AFL Community Camp last year.REIGNING AFL premier Western Bulldogs will seek to expand its western front from Ballarat to beyond this summer. The Bulldogs confirmed they would return to Ballarat, the club’s home-away-from-home, for camp in February only this time, they would also visit Horsham.
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This move comes leading into the season in which the Bulldogs will play the first AFL premiership season match in Ballarat at a redeveloped Eureka Stadium, when they host Port Adelaide in round 22.

Players and staff will share time between Ballarat and Horsham for this summer’s AFL Community Camp in a bid to strengthen the club’s ties across the state’s west.

This will be the Bulldogs’ third consecutive AFL Community Camp in Ballarat since the club and City of Ballarat formed an official partnership.

Western Bulldogs’ Ballarat engagement manager Brett Goodes said players and staff looked forward to coming back to the region for an extended visit.

“The camp is a great opportunity for our players and staff to interact with the Ballarat community, who we are starting to build a really solid partnership with,” Mr Goodes said.

“The whole club is excited about our (game)at Eureka Stadium, and we hope by continuing to spend more time in the region we will generate excitement leading into the match.”

Community camps, ongoing school visits and clinics are only part of the Bulldogs’ strengthening ties in the region.

The club has an official base in central Ballarat to run social and health community programs, including men’s health initiative Sons of the West, the Whitten Project promoting youth leadership, and children’s literacy program Bulldogs Read.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge brought the AFL premiership cup to an official city street party at Ballarat’s Town Hall less than 48 hours after captains Easton Wood and Robert Murphy held it aloft at the MCG.

Players will be return to visit schools and community groups for the camp on February 20-21, and are likely to once again hit the field for training in Ballarat.

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‘Eerie glow’ not welcome on drive home

MISSED: These ‘beautiful’ and ‘welcoming’ lights and poles on Carrington’s Cowper Street bridge have been removed and replaced with “unattractive, unappealing” bulbs.
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BEAUTIFUL one day, ruined the next.

Without any consultation or discussion with the local residents of Carrington, the beautiful ornate lights and light poles on the Cowper Street bridge have been removed and replaced with unattractive, unappealing and cheap light poles and LED light bulbs.

Who authorised this replacement of the unique light poles? Why were they removed?

The original lights welcomed Carrington residents home as they drove over the Cowper Street bridge.

The new LED lights are not as bright as the old lights and in my opinion they give an eerie glow, like an underground car park.

I know that the former premier for NSW sold the poles and wires, but this is going a bit far to remove Carrington’s exquisite light poles. Please can we have them back, along with the railway?

Susan Mitchell, CarringtonProtection justifies costAFTER reading Matthew Kelly’s article about shark nets (‘Killer catch’,Herald,21/1) I am confused. Like much of the debate around shark nets there seems to be a lack of acknowledgement of their effectiveness.

In the article, both David Powter and Justin Field question the effectiveness of shark nets in protecting ocean users. A detailed look at the global shark attack files, I think, suggests otherwise.The documented dramatic reduction in attacks, particularly fatalities in areas after nets have been installed compared to pre-nets is obvious to me. Not only in Australia but worldwide. It is also worth noting the by-catch in shark nets while unfortunate is a fraction of the by-catch in the commercial fishing industries.

Perhaps focusing our efforts in relation to protecting marine life would be much more effective in this area. I would say that regular beach users, predominantly surfers, are well aware that shark nets do not provide absolute protection hence they do not provide us a “false sense of security”.

However it is clear that they do provide us some protection. The crux of the argument is: do they provide enough protection to justify the cost, both economically and to marine life.

With two young sons constantly in the surf, shark nets are a must for me. I would consider it negligent if they were removed.

Geoff Nicholson,MerewetherPremier for the peopleAS I listened to our new premier Gladys Berejiklian at her first press conference I started to get excited as our Glad pronounced she was going to ensure that all regions of the state would all get their share of resources and, by implication, not only around the Liberal held seats of the city.

Our “Glad” then proclaimed she was a champion of public education as she had been a beneficiary of the Whitlam reforms that made university available to her as the daughter of migrants and that she was a fan of the Gonski funding for disadvantaged schools.However on further listening to our new Premier I decided that it would be too early to plan a party for the kids from Medowie who are forced to be bused every day to get to a high school whilst their fellow Catholic and Christian kids only have to walk down the street to their high schools that have been mainly funded by government funds. If we look at the list areas that received the most of Gonski funds surprise, surprise, it is Barnaby Joyce’s National area so I will hold off the planned party with my Medowie friends when we see if the change is more than a change at the top, but not Liberal policies as usual.

It will be the actions of the new Premier that will determine if she becomes “our Glad’” or remains their Glad, as expected.

Frank Ward, Shoal BayTough time on trainI USED to catch the train from Maitland to Newcastle regularly, 10 years ago when I lived in the Hunter, and never had too many problems. I recently decided I’d catch the train from Maitland to Sydney and I was astonished by how badly the quality of service on the Hunter line has deteriorated.

Due to the difference between the platform and the train at Maitland station, I injured my shoulder lifting my heavy suitcase to chest height just to get it onto the train. I’m a fairly young woman in good health, so if it’s hard for me, it must be impossible for senior citizens, people with mobility issues, or parents with children to carry luggage with them on this line or even get on the train easily. I’d imagine that anyone fitting these descriptions who wanted to lodge an anti-discrimination claim would probably have a good chance of success.

I was actually pretty lucky that day – the Opal machine was broken so that part of the trip was free of charge (despite the moralising of transit officers to the carriage about the importance of buying unavailable tickets from a broken machine), and my train wasn’t one of the services to Paterson that was cancelled without warning, so at least I wasn’t left stranded.

Bring back the old rattlers and ticket machines – at least they were reliable.

Lauren Murray, LynehamHelp for those in needRECENT suggestions of a lack of help to welfare recipients tells us more about our country than we think. On one level, the poor workers are being placed under immense pressure.

More seriously, this news speaks to the many Australians who believe the major political parties are not in touch. So apparently bent on reducing the bottom line, there’s no place for people who really need welfare help.Being so out of touch, the government thought needy people won’t matter. The electorate has voted. We don’t want workers under duress and we do want recognition for people with genuine welfare needs.

Dylan Tibbits,Raymond TerraceThink big, then build itCONGRATULATIONS to Will Creedon for bringing the big picture to the table (‘How Newcastle could be a big bash base’, Herald,24/1). It’s time for us to focus on how these things can be achieved, thinking outside the square (state government). Perhaps a joint venture between Cricket Australia, the AFL, Newcastle City Council and a developer to build a stadium/hotel or residential development all in one at No.1 Sportsground.

The facility could host the BBL team and AFL as primary attractions. The AFL and Cricket Australia both own stadiums. Let’s stop waiting for others to drive the city forward. There is always an answer. Just need the idea. We deserve two quality stadiums, one for rectangular field events and one for round/oval events.

Joel Gribble, Maryville

Letters to the editor

SECURITY: Monica O’Neill has questioned the inspections when travelling to and from Tasmania via the Spirit of Tasmania. Picture: Brodie WeedingINSPECTIONI travelled on the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne to Tasmania in a Toyota Land Cruiser.
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At Port Melbourne the gentleman to whom I was directed for a vehicle inspection never approached closer than about a metre to my vehicle.

He indicated that I open the bonnet, said “thank-you” and moved to the back of the vehicle.

I opened the doors, he said “thank-you” again. That was it.

He did not request my opening huge drawers in the back.

No sniffer dogs, no under-car inspection.

If I had wanted to, I could have transported any illicit/illegal person or thing from Melbourne to Tasmania.

No wonder police are concerned about the prevalence of drugs in the state.

Monica O’Neill, Smithton

FINANCESI must remember to never let Justine Keay handle my finances.

In The Advocate (Nov. 26) she states an overseas worker earning $20,000 will pay $2500 in flat tax at a rate of 10.5 per cent. My maths says the figure should be $2100.

In the same letter she says an Australian worker earning $20,000 will pay just $312 in tax. This is true, provided that worker only earns $20,000 in the 12 months.

These are seasonal workers, so they will either get other work at high tax rates or get welfare benefits and get around $10,000 extra taxable payments. In a higher tax bracket.

Back to basic economics, Justine.

Way back, Bjelke Peterson proposed a flat tax rate of 20 per centfor all Australians. Worth looking at?

Chris Palmer, Burnie

THANK YOUI would like to thank the lovely lady who helped my husband when I fell in Harvey Norman’s car park on November 21.

A big thank you.

Yvonne Lyons, Devonport

BUS MALL STUDYI cannot see the use of a bus mall in Cattley Street, Burnie CBD.

One we don’t need it and any feasibility study is a complete waste of money and time.

If Burnie City Council checks its past record spending like the Burnie Arts & Function Centre with a bill of over $50,000 for a couple of months then just to brush it to one side as if it was nothing.

If this sort of money can be wasted it would be better to implement the no smoking policy, but now you are crying poor saying we don’t have the finance.

Maybe next seeing is believing from the Burnie City Council.

Alan Moret, Shorewell Park

CHANGE THE CHANNELSince being elected, Donald Trump says he’s not interested in the Free Trade Agreement.

Does that also mean now, that we won’t have to put up with some of the American rubbish programs that are being screened on our TVs?

Row Morris, Tullah

RELIABILITY NEEDEDTo attract business here we need to have reliable electricity.

Now we know the cable to the mainland is unreliable and Victoria is closing down it’s largest coal powered power station we must do something to secure permanent base load power and we have two options, coal or another dam, and the Greenies are not happy with either one of those.

Wind and solar are a long way from a base load power supply.

We can’t rely on the other states supporting Tasmania forever.

At some stage we have to be able to stand on our own two feet sometime soon.

Phil McDonald, Railton

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Wollongong shops urged to open on public holiday

GONG BOUND: Voyager of the Seas passengers will visit the Illawarra on December 27, docking at Port Kembla from 8am before leaving at 5pm. Picture: SuppliedWollongong’s peak tourism body has called on CBD businesses to open their doors on a public holiday to accommodate thousands disembarking from a Royal Caribbean cruise-liner.
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Voyager of the Seas will dock at Port Kembla Harbour on December 27, a public holiday for Christmas which falls on a Sunday,carrying 4200 passengers and 1200 crew.

The main drop-off point for people eager to shop and sight-see will be the arts precinct next to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.

Destination Wollongong general manager Mark Sleigh said the Australian Cruise Association estimates around $897,000 would be spent in the Illawarra with each ship, so the benefits outweighed the negatives of paying extra penalties on wages for the day.

“Certainly it’s a challenging date for a lot of people but we really need to look at the long term opportunity,” Mr Sleigh said.

“There’s nothing worse than hearing stories of people getting off at a port and everything’s closed up on a Sunday.

“What we’re talking about is bringing a new industry to town and hopefully that grows exponentially over the coming years and people see benefits 50 days of the year, not just one.”

He said when smaller vessel Radiance of the Seas docked in October, around 20 per cent of passengers booked pre-purchased tours around the region (such as to Symbio Wildlife Park or Nan Tien Temple) while “a large portion” of the remaining 80 per cent spent money around the CBD.

Meantime, South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris said before employers start complaining about paying their staff extra over the holidays, businesses should focus on ensuring they are paying correct wages and not “cheating”.

“By all meanswe want to do business and we want to take advantage of the tourism economy and thebenefits but not at the expense of those workers who are spending their time during this holiday periodactually doing the work,” Mr Rorris said.

“Given the expose by Fairfaxover the weekend [uncovering numerous Illawarra businesses severely underpaying staff], it would be great if many of our small business owners focused on ensuring they’re actually paying the award rates to start with before … complaining about penalty rates.”

Voyager of the Seas will return to the region again on January 18, with hope other cruise liners will sign up to also dock at Port Kembla.

EXCITED: Destination Wollongong’s Tanya Brown and Mark Sleigh, plus Councillor Leigh Colacino, hope the cruise industry stays in the region. Picture: Adam McLean

Destination Wollongong chair Tania Brown added Wollongong is in a better position than Newcastle, who recently had constructionapproved for a new cruise ship terminal, because the Illawarra is “shovel ready”.

“We can work with what we’ve already got;we don’t need to the government to spend more money on facilities,” Ms Brown said.

She also urged all residents to embracetheir city as “everyone’s an ambassador”.

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Letters to the editor

UNDERWAY: CCASE president Lynne Koerbin with Bendigo Bank representative Colin Dunn, Bega Cheese’s Max Roberts and Liberal Party Senator Arthur Sinodinos.Powerful profit systemSo the slashing of solar feed in tariffs on January 1 is to coincide with yet another retail power price rise.
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Retailers will be harvesting heaps of cheap power, and charging more for it. Just another example of a great system at work.

Andrew McPherson, KalaruMoney in protectionWelcome to our world Minister Frydenberg! By implementing a price on carbon, of say $10 per tonne, 400,000ha of public forests in southeast NSW would earn $20millionper annum for jobs in forest restoration, wildlife protection and eco-tourism.

Ending loss-making ($79millionover sevenyears) native forest logging would save water, topsoil and threatened iconic species, the value of which would be incalculable. Plantations supply domestic needs.

Exporting koala pelts and whaling – consign logging of our forests to history too.

Bronte Somerset, QuaamaSeason of consumerismI have faith in the power of an individual to change in positive ways.I have faith in the power of humanity if we dowhat feels necessary and cooperate with others to achieve the changes necessary and tell as many as possible. It’s a beautiful world we live in, it’s our only home, let’s look after it.

The average Australian household spends more than $1226 every year on things they will never use.

Each of us produces more than half atonneof waste every year – a figure only outstripped by the average American.

With a paralysing amount of choices available to us – on billboards, radio ads and online popups, fuelled by ever deepening debt and spending cycle – it’s easy to wonder, if infinite growth is unattainable.

“Inconspicuous consumption” is unique to the rich.A lot of people nowadays question the things they brought into their lives and think it’s ultimately not about depriving ourselves of the things that we have, it’s much more about reducing the desire for owning more stuff, as if those things are going to make us happy.

Australians are generous, which shows me that others also experience the pleasure in making somebody else happy, not just thinking about themselves.

That indeed is the spirit of Christmas,when a Middle Eastern couple were seeking asylum, giving birth to their son and were brought presents.

Dörte Planert, TathraConsideration neededWhile council insists it is not “expanding”the airport, its project involves a 200mextension of the runway, sealing the runway end safety area, expansion of the terminal, freight handling andbaggage security capabilities andis intended to facilitate access for larger aircraft as part of a plan that envisages nearly 600,000 tourists flying into the airport annually via Canberra, Melbourne andthe de-regulated air route from Sydney – a 12-fold increase in current annual passenger movements.

The Bega Valley Shire Residents and Ratepayers Association believes that even with the use of larger aircraft, the forecast passenger volumes are such that there will likely be a six-fold increase in aircraft movements in andout of the airport – surely an issue worthy of public consideration, particularly for those living anywhere near the flight paths.

The association believes council’s failure to take steps to identify the social, environmental andfiscal implications of its project andshare these with the community before committing to the project is completely irresponsible.

We cannot accept that just because the majority of the proposed expansion works are to be funded by the state and federal governments that it eliminates or diminishes the need to carry out due diligence in assessing the big picture implications before jumping in boots and all.

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