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2019
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Global milk prices drop to lowest in 13 years

DRAMATIC falls in the global dairy price could hit farmers in the Murray Dairy region hard, with mid-season drops in the farmgate milk price on the cards.
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Major milk processor Fonterra warned farmers on Thursday of a potential lowering of its farmgate price in light of a rapid fall in global dairy prices.

The Global Dairy Trade index–recognised as the main price indicator in dairy prices globally–registered massive falls in July, taking prices to their lowest levels in 13 years.

The price is also the lowest since the index was established in 2008.

Fonterra Australia managing director Judith Swales said the company was reviewing its farmgate price and forecast closing price as sluggish international conditions continue.

“Global milk prices are now trading at their lowest levels since 2002 and oversupply remains an issue, as does weak demand,” she said.

“This is not an issue isolated to Fonterra. This is an issue being faced across the Australian and global dairy industries.”

Murray Gouldburndid not return calls from theBendigo Advertiserabout whether the price fall could impact suppliers near its Rochester processing facility.

Other large dairy processor Bega had also not publicly discussed the drop in global milk prices.

Fonterra’s opening milk price of $5.60 kilogram milk solids was reflected across the industry, and would remain at the level for the time being, Ms Swales said.

But a drop in price during the current season remained a firm possibility.

“Although Fonterra is maintaining its current farmgate milk price in this review, suppliers need to be prepared for the possibility of a step down in milk price this season,” Ms Swales said.

The dairy processor expected prices to recover over the course of the season, but conceded it was likely to be a tough season for its farmers.

The price drop is not expected to have an immediate effect on consumers, with consumer milk prices not predicted to fall until later in the year.

Earlier this month, Fonterra cut the amount it will pay its New Zealand farmers from NZ$5.25 to NZ$3.85–a 27 per cent reduction.

The economic slowdown in China, an import ban in Russia and the rising supply from Europe and the United States are regarded as the main reason for the drop in price.

– with Alex Sinnott

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Battery of support for sick kids

A PROLONGED hospital visit is enough to flatten anyone’s batteries, not to mention the one in your car that’s been sitting out in the car park for days, sometimes weeks on end without a start.
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TOTALLY CHARGED: Battery World franchisees, from left, Greg Georgaros, Paul Simpson, Ian Powell and Daniel Fenech with mum Stevie Clarke and her daughter Zoe Hartley at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Tamworth mum Stevie Clarke knows hospitals only too well, wearing a path to and from the Westmead Children’s Hospital for the past 18 months with her daughter Zoe Hartley.

Little Zoe was born with a medical condition that’s left her without muscle in her legs.

“Zoe has already had five surgeries and is down for knee construction next year, so we are grateful for anything that keeps her distracted from the pain and her continual treatments,” Ms Clarke said.

On one of her visits to Westmead, Ms Clarke and Zoe met some charged-up blokes, keen to make a difference in the lives of sick kids.

Battery World Blacktown franchisee Paul Simpson has persuaded his fellow franchisees across the state to donate a swag of batteries to the children’s hospital for kids during their hospitalisation.

Mr Simpson said it was the endless callouts he’d attended at Ronald McDonald House there, to change flattened batteries, that gave him inspiration for the statewide group effort.

“You would meet with people who were really doing it tough,” Mr Simpson said.

Tamworth Battery World franchisee Keith Sammon was one of the first to get on board the promotion, saying it was “an easy decision for us”.

“Anything we can do to improve the quality of children’s lives is important to us and we look forward to supporting the hospital in the years to come,” Mr Sammon said.

“There is so much trauma in people’s lives when they have sick kids. I’m a father of four and grandfather to two and I thank God every day they are well.”

Thanks to his powers of persuasion, 22 NSW and ACT franchisees have embraced the idea and opened up their pockets to donate a swag of batteries.

Hospital volunteers are now them handing out to patients for use in children’s games, toys and consoles.

“So many of the kids are in hospital for such a long time and their games keep them entertained, and can distract them from the pain of their treatment,” Mr Simpson said.

Tamworth Battery World franchisee Keith Sammon was one of the first to get on board the promotion, saying it was “an easy decision for us”.

“Anything we can do to improve the quality of children’s lives is important to us and we look forward to supporting the hospital in the years to come,” Mr Sammon said.

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2019
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Haynes has plans to build on result

CONSISTENT: Loyal tough nut Sam Mahony has led the way for Panmure this Warrnambool and District league season. Picture: Damian White
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DAVIDHaynes will hunt footballers in their early 20s to strengthen Panmureduring the Warrnambool and District league off-season.

Haynes said he was pleased with the Bulldogs’ campaign but disappointed they dropped early-season matches which hindered their finals aspirations.They have a 7-10 record entering Saturday’s last-round fixture against Russells Creek.

“Everyone wants gun players but realistically I think we need to get some players between the 22 and 26 age mark who can get around the ground,” he said.

“We’ve got to look after our own, too. We’ve got a couple of young guysthere, the Melican boys (Sam and Kallan) who I’d love to build my team around.They’re quality players who will dominate the league if they want to.”

Haynes believed onballer Sam Mahony was the Bulldogs’ best-and-fairest favourite ahead of veteran Tim Condon.

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Letters to the editor

Recycling project successfulAn audit of eight new permanent recycling bins recently installed in Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester and Rushworth has highlighted that the Shire ofCampaspecommunity has the potential to divert over 5 tonnes of drink cans, paper and other recyclables from landfill every year.
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Installation of the recycling bins was made possible through a $15,050 grant provided by the Australian Packaging Covenant and Sustainability Victoria.

The aim of the project was to provide away from home recycling opportunities for local residents and visitors, and prevent litter within the Shire ofCampaspe.

CampaspeShire Council also contributed $5,000 towards the project.

The project was successful in achieving its goal.

To measure the effectiveness of the new recycling bins, waste and litter audits were conducted, both before and after their installation.

The audit demonstrated that the additional recycling bins resulted in 28 kilograms of recyclable material being collected each week which would otherwise have been sent to landfill.

This equates to a total of 1,456 kilograms of recycling material taken out of the waste stream across the year.

The audit also demonstrated that the average weight of street waste bins reduced by 28 per cent.

We can confidently say that given the opportunity, people will do the ‘right thing’ when it comes to disposing of their rubbish and recyclables when bin choices are provided in public areas.

Increasing recycling rates not only serves to keep our public places clean and tidy, it diverts waste from landfill. This is good news for the environment and helps reduce Council’s landfill disposal costs.

A key part of the project’s success is the brightly coloured signage on the recycling bins, highlighting which items can and can’t be placed in the bins.

The yellow signage placed on the recycling bins makes it easy to recycle correctly.

Each sign clearly labels the bin for recycling purposes, displays the universal recycling symbol and includes illustrations of the types of items that can be placed inside the bins.

Items that can be recycled include aluminium cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, newspaper, and juice and milk cartons.

Items that cannot be recycled include food scraps and plastic bags.

SUCCESSFUL: The Campaspe shire says a new recycling initiative achieved its goal.

Other signs on the bins highlight interesting facts and figures about recycling such as:

recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television set for 3 hoursrecycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a washing machine for 10 minutesrecycling 1 tonne of paper/cardboard saves 30,000 litres of water* recycling just one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a CFL bulb for 30 hours.

In addition to the bin signage, Council will continue to educate the community on recycling away from home opportunities to ensure we can improve the shire’s resource recovery rates over time.

There are now 16 new recycling bins in public places across the shire – 12 in Echuca, two in Kyabram, one in Rochester and one in Rushworth.

The first eight bins were installed as part of the Regional Public Place Recycling Grant project, another initiative of the Australian Packaging Covenant and Sustainability Victoria.

It is clear that theCampaspecommunity has embraced the new recycling bins. And with 16 of them now in high traffic areas, we have the potential to divert more than 8 tonnes of recyclable resources from landfill every year – a win-win for all.

The Australian Packaging Covenant is a packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business todesign more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce litter.

Cr Ian Maddison,Campaspespokesperson for Environment and WasteHave you got an opinion?Send a letter to the editor at [email protected]南京夜网419论坛 or PO Box 61, Bendigo, Vic 3552.

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Preventing violence by starting in classroom

School students in Dubbo will be empowered with the knowledge, understanding and skills to help prevent domestic violence under important new changes to the school syllabus.SCHOOL students in Dubbo will be empowered with the knowledge, understanding and skills to help prevent domestic violence under important new changes to the school syllabus.
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The mandatory NSW year 7 to 10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus will be updated for all NSW schools to explicitly include domestic violence prevention from the start of the first school term in 2016.

The move is part of the NSW government’s plan to prevent domestic and family violence.

Earlier this week, domestic violence advocates in Dubbo and Bathurst spoke out and said they are no longer surprised when informed of a domestic violence case as it happens on such a regular basis.

According to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data, Dubbo is the 13th worst place in NSW for domestic violence.

The problem is worse in some smaller centres in Western NSW.

In the period from April 2014 to March 2015, the rates for domestic violence in Western NSW local government areas significantly exceeded the NSW average.

The following numbers show by how many times each town’s rate for domestic violence exceeded the state average: Gilgandra 2.03, Cobar 2.11, Dubbo 2.2, Wellington 2.29, Narromine 2.47, Coonamble 2.8, Bogan Shire 3.25, Walgett 6.69 and Bourke 10.3.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward believes the changes to the syllabus were an important step in the fight against the abhorrent crime.

“I have heard first hand that young people want to learn how to recognise and respond to abuse in relationships that may occur in their homes,” she said.

“Through this update to the syllabus, schools can provide a significant platform for helping young people to identify, report and protect themselves and others from abuse.”

The Board of Studies Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES) revealed as part of the new syllabus, Year 7 and 8 students will learn to recognise forms of abuse and the warning signals related to domestic violence.

Year 9 and 10 students will learn to recognise and respond to abusive situations including family and domestic violence, examine concepts of power, conflict and cooperation in the home, and identify possible ways to protect themselves from abuse that may occur in the home.

BOSTES believes the new syllabus will help further strengthen other successful and valuable initiatives that work to address domestic violence.

These include White Ribbon Day and the National Day of Action Against Bullying, while many schools also have their own specific initiatives to support their students and communities.

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