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Second year local features in Elders calendar

TOP PHOTO: ‘Max in sheep yards’, submitted by Christine Bull of Patyah, will feature for the month of January in the 2017 Elders calendar.Picture framer and farmerChristine Bull ofPatyahhas snapped her way to the national Elders Calendar for the second year in a row, this year with her photo ‘Max in the sheep yards’.
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Rural enthusiasts, Elders employees and amateur photographers flocked to enter the competition, which provides entrants with a platform to showcase their work, as well as Australia.

Ms Bull trumped over 1000 entries with her exceptional photo, once again including Max the sheep dog, which caught the judges’ attention in the annual Elders Calendar Competition.

“It’s great to see the varied photos and it is good exposure for my photo,” Ms Bull said.

Taken at Patyah, Ms Bull said she loves watching the sheep dogs at work, play and rest and normally carries a camera with her, but mentioned she “can’t really plan for dogs to perform.”

Demand is growing for the calendar, with 75,000 copies printed this year and made available in Elders branches across Australia in the lead up to 2017.

Elders marketing managerYasmiin Phillips saidthe Elders calendar is iconic in Australian households.

“Once again, we were astounded by the quality of entries this year and our judging panel found it difficult to narrow the entries down to just 13,” she said.

“The calendar highlights Australia’s diversity and each photo has a unique story to tell.”

Ms Phillips explainedthat “providing a platform to showcase beautiful photos of regional and rural Australia, whilst thanking clients for their continued support wasimportant.”

The calendar is now available in all Elders branches. Winning photographs can be viewed on the Elders website.

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Australian Open 2016: Curtis Luck upstages Jordan Spieth during intriguing first round

Kids who skipped school came to watch Jordan Spieth, but they left talking about the guy he played with.
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The scruffy, scrawny looking fella with a pony tail, pounding golf balls and perhaps more suited to catching Cottesloe’s hometown waves rather than riding a giant crest of one for Australian golf.

But whatever 20-year-old Curtis Luck did with club in hand, it wasn’t as impressive as what he did without it. Spieth mumbled often. Geoff Ogilvy agitated regularly. Luck smiled. And smiled. And smiled. And when he wasn’t smiling, his diminutive coach and caddie Craig Bishop did it for him.

Even when Luck dropped shots on consecutive holes late in his leaderboard-topping first round, which was seemingly fraying at the edges, the Spieth sideshow steadied to emerge as the real star.

“He could have shot even par for the day and instead he turned that into 5-under there in the middle of the round, so that’s the kind of stuff [that] is unteachable,” world No.5 Spieth gushed afterwards. “And he has that. I thought he was better composed than I was; no doubt. Certainly, I learned a bit from him today on that side of things.”

Let that sink in. An unflappable two-time major winner and former world No.1 learning from a West Australian kid who won’t earn a cheque this week playing his first Australian Open?

Tour veterans forecast amateur hour might hit Royal Sydney now that school is almost out for Australia’s Generation Next. It lasted for at least four hours on Thursday, headed by a kid wearing electric blue pants just in case his game wasn’t eye-catching enough. Aaron Baddeley circa 1999 all over again?

And yet Luck didn’t seem to be fazed. There was charisma too. Every time Spieth played one of those chips only he can do, or lagged a putt like only the world’s best with the flat stick can, Luck showed his appreciation. Either verbally or physically, at one stage abandoning his club to clap a Spieth gem.

“He was smiling the whole time, really enjoying himself,” Spieth said. “I had overheard him say, ‘haven’t hit a draw in a while’, to his caddy/coach … ‘but I guess we’re going to go with it today’. [He] just kind of understands where he’s at and how to play different shots. He’s certainly got all the tools.”

There was one point the normally unflappable Spieth (-3), who scrambled to finish two shots shy of Luck after the first round, vented uncharacteristically. Yet there was not a murmur from Luck if he strayed off course.

“God damn, Michael,” Spieth barked at his caddie Michael Greller, irritated with his own execution off the 17th tee which saw his ball plant in a greenside bunker. He would make an up-and-down recovery for par.

Luck: “I think every child at some point has a few little issues with controlling their anger, but it’s something I’ve got really good at.”

The standard fare when an amateur hidden away from the golf blow-ins for three weeks in summer surges above a couple of former No.1s in the Australian Open is usually a little bit of pandemonium. Who is he? Where did he come from? Why’s he playing with Spieth? There were 18 holes of reasons why on Thursday.

And you sense Luck, who is no Johnny-come-lately given his US Amateur win and with tickets into three majors next year if he wants them, won’t dwell one bit on the fact he outplayed Spieth and Ogilvy (-2) for a day.

“I find this pretty easy to do,” Luck said of the hype. “I kind of ignore it if you want my honest opinion. As I said, I’ll just do my own thing and regardless of what people are saying, I’ll just stick to what I’m doing. It seems to be working pretty well at the moment.”

Spieth had only moments earlier marched out of his own post-round press conference, quipping to a waiting Luck, “it’s your turn now”. That, it very well might be.

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Opposing sides united against common foe

THEY stand on opposing sides of the Drayton South coal mine proposal –mining giant Anglo American and its supporters, and the thoroughbred horse breeding industry –but on one point they’re clearly united.
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They have a common foe in the form of the state’s planning process as it appliesto mine determinations.

In speech after speech at a NSW Planning Assessment Commission hearing in Muswellbrook over the past two days, those for and against Drayton South slammed a process that has dragged on for six years and over four PACs. It would be laughableif the issue wasn’t so serious and the costs involved weren’t so high,for participants and NSW taxpayers.

It is not how this was supposed to be. Over the past few years theNSW Government has introduced planning overhauls and reboots, including establishment of industry clusters in the Upper Hunter intended to end damaging clashes like Drayton South, which have lined up coal versus foals.

“Certainty” was the buzzword and aim.

Instead we have aNSW Planning Departmentrecommendation for approval enlivening a fourth PAC, despite Anglo American pullingthe pin on mining Drayton South itself after a third PAC rejection in 2015 and confirming it was selling up. Drayton mine workers were left to get what they could out of an accelerated mine closure process.

Their self-appointed champion, the “boganaire” bankrupt Nathan Tinkler, told the PAC on Wednesday that the Drayton South saga had “cost 500 families their jobs and that’s not right”, and insisted he had “nothing to do with Drayton”.

But like most players in this process –including the NSW Government –Tinkler has skin in the game. Anglo sold the nearby Dartbrook mine to Australia Pacific Coal, a company in which Tinkler and his family have a significant stake. It’s possibleAnglo might also be persuaded to offload an approved Drayton South to APC.

The Planning Assessment Commission was told if Drayton South was approved a “binding agreement” would prevent mining beyond boundaries close to studs. But “binding agreements” have been set aside before when it comes to coal. Just ask the people of Bulga.

The NSW Government expects millions of dollars in royalties from an approved Drayton South mine, but the cost in terms of community beliefin its assessment process is immeasurable.

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Shellharbour hospital plans in sharp focus

On Wednesday it arrived at the offices of the Illawarra Mercury.
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It was a letter which was signed by 27 doctors of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District stating their opposition to the Baird Government’s plans to part-privatise the Shellharbour Hospital.

It was bold because in essence the medical professionals had chosen to speak out publicly ultimately against their employer.

The front page of the Illawarra Mercury read “Test of Patients”.

NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley brandished that front page as he attacked Health Minister Jillian Skinner in question time in parliament in Sydney on Thursday.

Minister Skinner then returned fire brandishing an 800 words response from the Chairman of the IllawarraShoalhaven Local Health District Board Professor Dennis King, which he sent to the Mercury on Thursday.

While Professor King’s response was too large to print in paper in full, it can be found online at 梧桐夜网illawarramercury南京夜网419论坛.

Despite the doctors’ concerns about the impact on patients of the proposed changes, Professor King moved to reassured the staff and community this had the potential to return a better outcome.

“We will get more services for public patients for the same money,” Professor Kingsaid.

“[T]hat is, treatment will be provided free of charge and access will be solely on the basis of clinical need.

“I must reiterate to the community and our staff that no decision has been made on this proposal.”

DON’T DREAM IT’S OVERHave you ever wanted Crowded House tickets to “fall at your feet”?

Well theIllawarra Mercuryand Destination NSW are giving you that chance.

We have two tickets to give away to Crowded House’s Encore concert at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, November 26.

All you have to do is go to the post on our Facebook page and tell us your favourite Crowded House track of all time.

Crowded House favourites such as Better Be Home Soon, Don’t Dream It’s Over and Fall At Your Feet featureprominently.

This series of concerts is the only concerts the band will play in the world in 2017.

The winner will be chosen at random at 10 am on Monday, November 21.

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Mount Margaret remains on market

ON THE MARKET: Mount Margaret was set aside at $15 million at an Elders auction in Brisbane this morning.LARGE scale Eromanga property Mount Margaret was set aside at $15 million at an Elders auction in Brisbane on Fridaymorning.
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Mount Margaret, which includes Berellem, covers 470,504hectares (1.16 million acres), is described as“naturally organic” countryfenced into43 main paddocks and 15 holding paddocks. It is estimated to run7000 cows, selling the weaners, andhas theability to fatten cattle seasonally. It is also estimated to run60,000 sheep including20,000 ewes and2000 cows.

Marketing agent Dick Allpass, Elders, said two parties had registered to bid and negotiations were currently underway.

The country is described as astrong balance of flooded water course, open and shaded plains, red rolling pebbly country and strong red mulga. The predominant grasses areMitchell,Flinders, buffel, bluebush, lignum with an abundance of herbages, legumes, burrs and salines in season.About 70 per cent of the area receives beneficial flooding.

Mount Margaret features a large station homestead.

Water is supplied from 31bores, 58 dams and large water holes.

Improvements include a large station homestead,guest quarters, two staff homes, staffquarters and a recreational building, sheds, fourshearing sheds,and a sealed airstrip and hangar. Mount Margaret has two setsof cattle yards and a large set of portable yards.

The buyer of Mount Margaret also has the option to lease/buy Kihee Station.

Kihee covers 164,255ha (405,874 acres) is located adjacent toMount Margaret and surrounds the Jackson oil township. It is described as about 40pc pebbly red rolling downswith prolific Mitchell grass, shaded with gidyea and coolibah. A further30pc is soft red grazing country with the balance being red, stony hills, with good grazing.

The634,745ha (1.57m acre) aggregation is estimated to run 18,000 dry cattle,10,000 cows or 60,000 sheep and 6000 cows.

About 70 per cent of Mount Margaret receives beneficial flooding.

Kihee is fenced into four main paddocks and holding paddocks. It is estimated to run 3000 cows, selling the weaners. It also has the option to fatten cattle seasonally.

Water is supplied from seven bores, nine dams and the Brolga ponds.

Marketing agent Dick Allpass, Elders, said the soft Euro and Euro-cross cattle produced were indicative of the quality of the country. Weight gains of better than 1kg/day were achieved seasonally and 80pc-pluscalving rates had been achieved.

Contact Dick Allpass, 0417 070 418, Elders.

The country is noted for its Euro and Euro-cross cattle.

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