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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First National best for customer satisfaction

by admin on June 20th, 2019

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Front of house: Residential property manager Leanne Kavanagh, admin support Peta Fairclough, and receptionist Linda McCabe. Photo: Matt LauCanstar Bluehas announced First National Real Estate the winner of its 2016 Most Satisfied Customersaward.
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Thecustomer satisfaction research and ratings agency carried outcustomer research about the experience of homeowners, tenants and landlords with Australia’s largest real estate brands.

In assessing quality of service delivery nationwide, Canstar Blue focused on a series of measures incorporating agent advice and communication; problem resolution, value for money, marketing, moving services, contract handling, andoverall satisfaction.

First National Real Estate was the only real estate company to achieve five-star ratings.

Frank Haygarth,First National Donnybrook First National Real Estate principal,is delighted to be recognised as a customer satisfaction leader.

“There can be no greater measure of the success of the client-agent relationship than overall satisfaction,” Haygarth said.

“This award represents the fulfillment of our membership’s nationwide commitment to ensure we deliver Australia’s best real estate sales and property management services.”

Last year, First National Real Estate also received the Canstar Blue award for overall customer satisfaction in New Zealand, which highlightsthe excellence First National agencies provide on both sides of the Tasman.

“Each and every one of our offices is committed to customer satisfaction so it’s no coincidence our network has now won this award in both countries.

“We see this as proof positive that our culture, training, communication, service and commitment to results sets us apart from our competitors.”

Haygarth said acritical difference at First National was that itsmembership requirements related specifically to service delivery, and not generation of fees for itshead office.

“As a cooperative, our agents work together, not against each other, and the Canstar Blue award confirms consumers see the benefits,” he said.

Megan Doyle, head of Canstar Blue, congratulated First National Real Estate on the success.

“This is a great result across all customer touch points, suggesting First National is satisfying its customers regardless of their differing professional real estate requirements,” Doyle said.

“Good communications and problem resolution are crucial elements of any good real estate service and it is notable that First National was the only one to rate five stars in these areas.”

Donnybrook First National Real Estate can be reachedon 9731 1566.

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Letters to the editor

by admin on June 20th, 2019

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Nonchalant on ChaletThe saga regarding the Mount Buffalo Chalet over the past three decades looks like dragging on for years to come after the Andrews’ Government indicated it is prepared to only provide a miserly $2.8 million to its redevelopment.
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Nearly nine years after having over $7 million available from a fire insurance payout, the government has announced they have not been able to deliver what is needed to secure a long-term future for the Chalet.

The recently government appointed ‘public’ advisory group has indicated they will seek public and philanthropic assistance in an effort to restore the Chalet.

SHADOW OF ITS FORMER SELF: A reader says the present derelict condition of the Mount Buffalo Chalet stands as testament to the lack of maintenance.

The most revealing aspect of the current dilemma facing the Chalet is the general building maintenancewhich has not been of the highest priority for the heritage-listed building since it was removed from Victorian Railways management in 1986.

The present derelict condition of the weatherboard Chalet stands as testament to that lack of maintenance. Compliance with heritage requirements appears to have been ignored by successive governments since the original commercial lease in 1992.

A leaked eight-page executive summary from the 2013 Ernst & Young Report entitled ‘Redevelopment of the Chalet’ reveals little promise for the future of both the National Park and the Chalet. Surely it’s time the state government finally sought the views of the public, instead of continuing to appoint its own advisors and later claiming ‘public consultation’ has taken place.

What has occurred since Victorian Railways were forced to relinquish the Chalet back in 1985/86 is akin to a script from TV’s Yes Minister.

Bob Adams, BrightMuch respect for wordsI was reading The Border Mail on Saturday (October 1) and saw the letter ‘Understanding Marriage’ by Derek Robinson.

I would like to say thank you for a generous, intelligent and thoughtful letter. I have much respect for your words.

Vikki Bye, YarrawongaTime to call forces backIn light of the recentUS-led Coalition airstrike involving Australian jets,that reportedly bombed and killed 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 more, it is time for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to call our forces back home from the murderous pantomime being played out in the Middle East.

I cannot see how this was an accidental bombing by the US, effectively killing Assad’s military personnel, when President BarrackObama has been, up til Russia became involved in Syria, using rebel forces and ISIS against the Assad regime.

Now, the US has drawn Australia further into another unwinnable war and reason for hate, by us being involved in an illegal action causing suffering and deat.

In my opinion, there are too many games being played in the Middle East, by Russia, the US, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran, involving territory, Islam, oil and power.

Because our forces in the Middle East are controlled by questionable agendas, we should leave the Middle East tothe others that are more directly involved and plan our own defence of our own country, where we have more to worry about with what the Chinese are building in the South China Sea.

Ray Williams,AlburyRacists run on fearCade Newell had a great opinion about Australia and the fact that we are a multicultural and it is time we embraced it and built on it in our region.

The benefits are endless and the friendships will open minds and hearts and make us all better people.

The fear inspired rednecked racists have no place in today’s world and they need to be part of solutions, not the problem.There are too many good people from many lands that are marginalised by hate.

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Child assault wasn’t ‘one-off’ act: court

by admin on June 20th, 2019

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A SINGLETON teacher who indecently assaulted a student in the 1980s has been sentenced to an 18-month suspended jail term inNewcastle District Court.
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Michael Patrick Beh appeared in courton Friday for sentence after pleading guilty to one count ofindecentlyassaulting aperson under authority, which carries a maximum penalty of six years in jail.

Beh, now 62, was teaching a boy –then aged nine or 10 –when he placed his hand up the boy’s pants leg and fondled his genitalia, the court heard.Beh continued to teach at the school for more than 20 yearsbefore retiring.

“While the factual material contains some allegations that he touched the lad on more than one occasion there is but one count on the indictment and I am not entitled to take into account the other matters other than the point of view of saying that it can’t be said that this was a one-off offence,” Judge Roy Ellis said.

Judge Ellis said he was also required to sentence Beh in“accordance with the sentencing principles that existed”at the time of the offence, when thesentencingregimewas significantly more lenient.

“There is little room for personaldeterrence, bearing in mind that hedesistedvoluntarily in his offending against this lad and has not re-offended in the last 27 years,” Mr Ellis said.“Mr Beh in fact when first spoken to by the victim readily admitted his offence and apologised to his victim.

“When spoken to by the police he entered into an electronically recorded interview and made full admissions.That he readily acknowledged what he had done andapologisedfor it is not the normal course that these matters take.Generally speaking there is a denial.”

Judge Ellis sentenced Beh to an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered him toaccept ongoingpsychologicalassistance.

“This is not an easy sentencing matter,” Judge Ellis said.“Because, on the one hand,sending this man into custody would certainly be a punishment to him.

“But on the other it seemsto me to be in the long-term interests of the community to proceed in a way other than sending him into custody for a few months, that would only protect the community for the few months that he is in custody. If I place him on a suspended sentence for 18 months the community is likely to be protected for at least thatperiod and, if in fact the rehabilitation is effective, the community would be protected for the balance of his life.”

Austar Swamp Rats the team to beat

by admin on June 20th, 2019

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RIX’S Creek Rattlesnakes’ Scott Matthews believes defending champions Austar Swamp Rats are the team to beat when the 2016 A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Knockout kicks off this weekend.
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FRIENDLY FOES: Layton Amidy (Wambo Wolves) and Scott Matthews (Rix’s Creek Rattlesnakes) are primed for Saturday’s A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Knockout.

The competition, which boasts 16 teams representing numerous mines in the region, will feature many locals in the day-long 10’s tournament at Singleton’s Pirtek Park on Saturday.

And, one of them is Matthews, known to most people as the president of the Singleton Greyhounds.

“Last year was the first time the Rattlesnakes contested the knockout,” he said.

“We made it through to the semi-final before the Mount Thorley Warkworth Razorbacks ended our run.

“But, it’s such a good event and everyone enjoyed themselves, we were keen to be involved again.

“It’s hard to say how things will pan out in 2016.

“I think the new draw, where teams play two games instead of one, will even it up.

“The [Austar] Swamp Rats should be favourites; they’ve got some quality players.

“However, the Mt Arthur A side is also a classy team.”

In 2015, the charity day – hosted by the Singleton Volunteer Support Group – raised $50,000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS).

Organisers are hoping to hit the $60,000 mark this year.

The WRHS undertakes more than 1000 missions, including transporting people from accident scenes, transferring critically-ill patients between hospitals and undertaking search and rescue operations.

The Singleton Volunteer Support Group has worked hard for the past 19 years to help raise awareness and funds to make sure the vital community service stays in the air.

“It’s definitely a worthwhile charity, the WRHS – and the reason why everyone’s got on board,” Matthews said.

“Hopefully, we never need to use it.

“And, while the sides are competitive on the field, the players realise it is only a charity match.”

More than 70 businesses have backed individual teams to help with their fundraising targets with Coal Services Mines Rescue (First Aid), Group 21 Rugby League Referees Association and Singleton’s Rotary and Lions clubs providing in-kind support and assistance on the day.

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Port Lincoln sees the light

by admin on June 20th, 2019

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Lower EP residents are relieved the power is now (largely) back on across the region. Picture: Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie
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PORT Lincoln and Lower Eyre Peninsula’spower supplies began to come back on about 8.30pm tonight…to sighs of relief all around.

Tea, toast, an electric blanketand a night in front of theTV were priorities for many people, glad the ‘Dark Ages’ seemed to have come to an end, after having had no power since Wednesday evening.

Port Lincoln residents took to the Port Lincoln TimesFacebook page to let us know, with reports power is now back onalong New West Road, at Kirton Point, Lincoln South, the marina, Ravendale, and at Cummins, Tulka, Rustlers Gully, Tumby Bay, Boston,to name a few.

It is understood there is still no power at Ungarra, Little Swamp, Yeelanna, or at Port Neill.

An Ungarra resident reported having spent almost 46 hours in the dark, while it was “going on 56 consecutive hours at Port Neill” with one resident lamenting that postcode “5604 doesn’t exist”.

Another replied that “OMG,you’re still not on, that’s bullsh*t ours went off again briefly then came back on…Lincoln…is still off..it’s like living in the 1800’s”.

Others were not afraid to share a dry or quirky sense of humour, with a Port Lincoln resident waiting for the power to come back on stating that “candles are lit,just like my mixed tape”.

Let’s hope the power comes back on for everyone, and we can return to living in the 21stCentury.

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Letters to the editor

by admin on May 20th, 2019

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Not the right hillThe West Wodonga hills area is a gazetted Victorian State Park planned and gifted by theAlbury-Wodonga Development Corporation for passive recreational use.
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It is pristine,unspoiled natural bushland including hills, valleys, streams, ferny glades and even awaterfall. It was never intended that this land be developed for quasi-commercial uses suchas competition mountain bike racing. It was to endure for the enjoyment of futuregenerations. There are no car parks, access roads or toilets here.

Change in cycle: Letter writer Ian Guthrie believes Huon Hill would be a better place than Hunchback Hill for mountain bike racing in Wodonga.

On the other hand, the HuonHill area stretching to Killara on the banks of the Kiewa Riverhas been cleared and used as grazing land for more than 120 years, most recently as thedeKerrileau East hereford stud.

This land offers gentle and steep slopes, formed vehicleaccess roads, car parking, toilets and lookout vantage points.

It is publicly owned and wellsuited to use by mountain bike racers with no detriment to our environment.

Common sense says we should put mountain bike racing tracks on HuonHill, notHunchback.

Ian Guthrie, WodongaThe mystery of the ChikoI’ve always been of the opinion that the Chiko roll (Plenty of claims on Chiko Roll, The Border Mail, September 24)was invented by a Victorian, Frank McEncroe, back in the early 1950s.

Michael Riley, WodongaA race well runI just wanted to say a big congratulations to all the candidates who ran for Albury Council election. As a candidate myself, Iwas shown nothing but support from our current councillors and the candidates running.

A massive shout out to all the people who were working at Albury North Public School handing out how-to-vote cards. It was a long day but with lots of laughs and friendly people to stand beside.

As a number two on Bert Eastoe’s ticket, I was disappointed with the outcome for our team (as Bert would make a great councillor for our city) but let’s hope Albury’s choice was correct and we have a great council to lead us for the next four years.

Hayley Franks, AlburyBorder leads the wayAlbury-Wodonga’s inaugural Regional LGBTIQ Health Forum took place at the UNSW Rural Clinical School last week, hosted by Border Medical Association and Hume Phoenix.

It is not often that the medical community and LGBTIQ community come together to discuss health, and having such an event in a regional area sets Albury-Wodonga apart from the rest.

The Q&A session proved the highlight of the night, with discussion ranging from the lived experiences of patients and providing LGBTI inclusive healthcare, to the public health implications of the marriage equality plebiscite.

Shirley Jayasekara, East AlburyAnimal welfare countsIn response to Viv McGee, I totally support farmers who produce “fresh, wholesome, safe Australian produce”.(Hungry with no farmers, The Border Mail, September 29).

But I cannot support farmers who exploit animals for nothing but profit. Needlessly inflicting pain on animals is indefensible.

How you would feel if you were treated the way you treated your dairy cows? Would you like to have your newborn babies torn from your side,year after year? Would you like to be sent off to a terrifying and brutal death in the slaughterhouse when your milk supply waned? Cows produce milk for their babies and not for us.

We humans have absolutely no requirement for a cow’s breast milk and we have no right to steal it from them.

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