Grain growers’ workshop

by admin on July 22nd, 2019

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Grain growers: South East grain growers are invited to a free grain marketing workshop to assist in maximising their returns for this season.South East grain growers are invited to a free grain marketing workshop to help them identify strategies to maximise returns from this year’s harvest.On Tuesday 18 October, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and Natural Resources South East (NRM SE) will host a free presentation with Rural Directions grain marketing specialist Chris Heinjus at Wolseley Sports Club from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.
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The workshop will include a barbecue lunch with the opportunity to have informal discussions with PIRSA crop specialists, NRM SE pest plant officers and MIND Australia representatives.Executive Director Rural Directions Chris Heinjus said though the current seasonal outlook was positive the price outlook was negative – and “the harvest isn’t in the bin yet”.

“There is a need to manage business risk over commodity price risk and cash flow is critical,” Mr Heinjus said.“Everyone has an opinion as to market values. However, it’s business viability that matters and simple ‘hold and hope’ strategies, while sounding attractive, may not be commercially viable.

“As well as the free workshop, Rural Directions will hold a more in-depth Grain Market Briefing at Wolseley on October 18 from 8.30 am -12pm for a limited number of participants. The cost for this session is $319 per property, with a maximum of two people per property.”

Acting Executive Director Rural Solutions SA Brett Bartel said after a few extremely difficult years it was fantastic to see the South East preparing for a good harvest.“But we’re also aware that the problems many farm businesses are facing don’t disappear with one good season and recovery will take some time,” Mr Bartel said.

“We are encouraging as many grain growers as possible to attend this free workshop – arming yourself with the right information will help in making the best decisions to maximise returns for this season – and hopefully help plan for future seasons as well.

“The State Government is continuing to support this region under the Drought Assistance Package for the Upper South East, including through the delivery of expert and specialist business advice for farm businesses to help them recover and become more resilient against future dry seasons.”

The Government of South Australia’s Upper South East Drought Package aims to complement the range of existing Australian and state government measures designed to underpin farm business and community preparedness and resilience.To register for the FREE BBQ lunch and afternoon session please contact PIRSA’s Mount Gambier office on 8735 1300 before October 13.

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Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta takes to literary crime

by admin on July 22nd, 2019

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Melina Marchetta surprises readers with a switch to literary crime. Photo: KIREN Australian author Melina Marchetta’s debut book, Looking for Alibrandi, was made into an award-winning Australian film. Photo: Supplied
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There was a time when Melina Marchetta resented the success of her first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, a beloved Australian book for young adults.

Marchetta followed up 11 years later with Saving Francesca, alsoset in Sydney’s inner west, and for a while she felt typecast as a writer of “good stories about Italian girls in the suburbs”.

“I didn’t want to be that person,” she says. “I always used to say to my publisher, ‘If I’m allowed to do anything different I will come back to that world’, and to a certain degree I came back to that world with The Piper’s Son and I will come back to that world again. I don’t think I had to prove it to anyone else but I think I had to prove to myself that I could write something outside a personal experience.”

Turning to literary crime for her ninth book, Marchetta has thrown readers a brilliant curve ball. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil begins with the bombing in Calais of a busload of international students in which five die.

On board is the daughter of the suspended British chief inspector Bish Ortley, a broken man unable to move on since the accidental death of his 10-year-old son. He rushes to his daughter’s aid, only to discover a fellow survivor is the Australian-raised granddaughter of a terrorist responsible for killing 23 people 13 years earlier.

Ortley becomes the go-between for grieving families, the injured and British intelligence while drawn to the runaway Violette, her mother Noor, imprisoned on bomb-making charges, and uncle Jimmy Sarraf, exiled in France. Against the backdrop of growing anti-Muslim sentiment, Ortley must come to terms with his whitewashed heritage.

The book’s title comes from Shakespeare’s play Henry IV Part I, a favourite that Marchetta taught many times as an English teacher, before quitting her job in 2006 for the solitary pursuit of full-time writing.

“I wanted it to be a journey not just of a man who’s working out what the truth is, but also the truth inside of him, what draws him to a particular culture,” she says. “I have a line in one of my fantasy novels [The Lumatere Chronicles] which is ‘blood sings to blood’, and I sort of believe that in a way.”

The book’s starting point was Marchetta’s long obsession with wrongful conviction cases such as the Guildford Four, imprisoned for the IRA pub bombings in 1974 that killed five people. Those cases shared a false confession or part-confession made under duress. “They were all about race and class that was something that stuck in my head,” she says.

“I don’t think you could call it a wrongful conviction, but I always go back to the fact my grandfather was put in a camp during the war because Italy was on the German side of the war.

“This was a man who came out to this country in the 1920s, who had denounced Italy, who had taken citizenship and was promised everything entitled to a British citizen at the time and he was still put in a truck and taken two states away.”

Marchetta admires the British author Kate Atkinson, who subverted the stock crime novel to pursue truths about family, belonging, identity and the pull of the past – hallmarks of Alibrandi and Tell the Truth.

It’s a subject she has also given thought to as she raises her daughter, who came to her three years ago from foster care.

“I couldn’t pretend she didn’t have a past before me because that’s like pretending she didn’t exist for two years,” Marchetta says. “For me it’s important we talk about how her past is who she is because I don’t want her reaching my age and trying to work [it] out.”

Someone once pointed out that Marchetta, born in inner-west Marrickville, wrote well about intergenerational conflict between mothers and daughters, and she got cranky.

“I don’t think it is conflict, I think it is life,” she says. “I always think my mother and I got to know each other when I was an adult because I was such a reserved teenager and because my sisters have such strong, passionate personalities. I’m in the middle of two, and we are really close. It’s why I’ve never touched on writing about sisters because I can’t go there.”

She wonders if she chose to write the new book from a middle-aged male point-of-view so she didn’t have to hear, “That’s you”. “Because I’ve had to hear that over and over again with Alibrandi and Francesca.”

The irony is that aspects of Tell the Truth are heavily drawn from Marchetta’s life. The startling to wake at 3am. The dreams that haunt Ortley. “He wasn’t a stretch to me, he came known. I gave him my age, I gave him so many things that belong to me.

“When I was writing as a younger person I was writing about what it was like to be female working in a male environment or this type of character. Now I do feel as though it’s about what is it like to be human in a world where you are kind of challenged about what is right and wrong.”

Marchetta wrote Tell the Truth well before the Charlie Hebdo shooting but was editing the first chapters of the manuscript for her Australian and US publishers when the November 2015 attacks on Paris occurred.

“I actually wanted to put it down and not touch it because it made me feel guilty that I was writing fiction when the reality [was] happening. It almost felt to me as if I was cheapening everyone’s emotion.”

For a brief moment she thought to change the location from France but loved the idea of Jimmy Sarraf stranded across the Channel.

“It was a very biblical idea of Moses not getting to the promised land but seeing it from a distance. There are a few promised lands in this novel – I think Australia is the promised land for the LeBrac family.”

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta, Viking, $32.99

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Racing: Extreme Choice blows away sprinting stars in group 1 Moir win

by admin on July 22nd, 2019

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Craig Newitt rides Extreme Choice to win the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Photo: Vince CaligiuriThe kings – Chautauqua and Buffering – may not be quite dead, certainly not on the evidence of one run.
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But all hail the colt with pretensions to becoming the new king, Extreme Choice, who put the two globetrotting superstars in their place when he took out the group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Mick Price’s three-year-old was having only the fifth start of his career and had not run since disappointing as favourite in the Golden Slipper last March.

But he showed that he was right up to the top class over short courses with a tremendous display in the Moir, coming from off the pace under Craig Newitt to win convincingly from the mares Heatherly and Wild Rain.

Chautauqua, who never really got going and failed to produce his whirlwind finish, was best of the rest in fourth spot just ahead of Buffering, who was bidding to win his fourth Moir Stakes.

While there will be post mortems on the display of Chautauqua, the favourite, nothing should be taken away from the performance of the winner, who has now won four of his five starts in becoming the first three-year-old to score in the Moir since Virage De Fortune in 2005.

“There’s the horse, that’s the colt, that’s him,” a delighted Price, who took this race with Samaready in 2013, said after.

“It was a very difficult race, there were some fantastic horses in it, and he beat them,” said Price, who revealed that he had been in two minds as recently as Thursday morning as to whether to run the horse.

After talking with Newitt and others he decided to go for it, and his decision – “I didn’t want to take a backward step” –– paid off in spades.

It was the 33rd group 1 race of Newitt’s career and he said his mount was travelled well throughout

“I saw the grey horse starting to make his run at the 500, we started to come at the same time. He really quickened off the bend.”

There will be other days for Chautauqua, who lacked his customary late burst. The Team Hawkes-trained grey was making his first racecourse appearance since May when he won in Hong Kong.

Buffering was never quite able to dominate proceedings as he has in the past but battled on in customary style. It was hist first run since he had finished behind Chautauqua at Sha Tin, so it is reasonable to assume he too will improve for the race.

Extreme Choice will now be targetted at the group 1 Coolmore Stakes on Derby Day, a 1200 metre dash down the Flemington straight, but he could take in the Blue Sapphire at Caulfield en route.

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Kingston’s strong young competitors

by admin on July 22nd, 2019

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Hannah Schinkel prepares for her turn in the 2016 International Pedal Prix. The competitors did over six weeks’ training for the event.
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Mount Gambier 8 Hour Race – McNamarra Park

This year the school was required to race in one lead up race prior the 24hr Murray Bridge race. The school choose to race at the 8hr Mount Gambier race in term 1. This gave new riders a chance to experience vehicle racing. This race proved to be very successful with Larry finishing 1st and Nemo 3rd inthe U16 category.

2016 International Pedal Prix

Kingston Community School entered an Under 16 Boys and Under 16 Girls team in the 24-hour endurance race held at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge on 24-25 September.

The U16 Boys team consisted of Harrison Barker, Jack Hartman, Ben Harding, Dezi Matthias, Tom Cobiac, Cobey Williams, Mitchell Pinkerton, Jacob Brockhoff, Fletcher Murdock, Kane Daniel, Bradley Mackereth and Thomas Barker.

The U16 Girls team consisted of Hannah Schinkel, Eliza Peters, Nikki Gluyas, Jess Venn, Emilee McInnes, Britney Drabsch, Belle Sneath, Arabella Ross, Kate Faulkner-Hunt, Sophie Kokiousis, Alesia Stargatt and Halle Carter.

The Pedal Prix Program provided the students with numerous benefits along with the school and also the wider community.

Students are given the opportunity to develop lifelong skills such as innovation, risk taking, design, planning and problem solving, entrepreneurialism, lateral thinking, enterprise, teamwork, communication and co-operation.

The program also promotes fitness, endurance and healthy lifestyles. Community benefits include the empowerment of youth within our society and also positive exposure for Kingston at a state and national level.

The boys finished 3rdin their category and 27thoverall out of 205 other vehicles. The team completed 477 laps totaling 815km at an average speed of 34km/h.

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