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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Grain upside vanishes under water

Riverine flooding is causing significant damage to the crop in NSW.ONCE tipped to push record levels, analysts are now predicting the Australian national crop will be down on earlier estimates due primarily to damage caused by waterlogging throughout eastern and southern Australia.
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A severe and widespread frost in Western Australia is also tipped to have a major impact on overall yield in many regions there.

The focal point for waterlogging damage is central NSW.

Early indications from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) estimate total crop loss in excess of $680 million for the state.

Central West Local Land Services General Manager Andrew Mulligan said farmers in the Lachlan and Macquarie Valleys had been particularly hard hit.

“There has been significant damage to crops and pastures in areas affected by recent flooding with the worst affected areas including Forbes, Corinella, Condobolin and Nyngan.”

John Minogue, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel chair, said pulse crops were suffering the worst.

“Chickpeas are definitely the biggest problem, they are under severe stress.”

However, while Mr Minogue, who is based near West Wyalong in central NSW, said there would be individual stories of heartbreak he hoped the region as a whole would produce a reasonable volume of grain.

“For many people it is a case of having lost some ground to waterlogging, but having better crops than usual in the parts that didn’t get excessively wet, so I still hope we see an average year overall in this region.”

Mr Minogue said the waterlogging in his area was not solely on areas prone to riverine flooding.

“We’ve seen paddocks not usually at risk of waterlogging go under just because of the sheer volume of rain and because there is nowhere for the water to go.”

He said he also had concerns about how the crop would fare once the weather warmed up.

“We’ve seen in the past crops that have hung on while they are sitting in water turn up their toes when that water warms up after a few fine days.

“I don’t think the water is going to get away in less than a week and there are some warm temperatures predicted so this well could be the case this year.”

The most recent Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) crop report, released in early September, was for a record national winter crop of 46.1 million tonnes with a wheat crop of 28.1mt, but many private analysts are now tipping a 10 per cent or greater reduction from these figures.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Merrin named medal winner

WINNER: Panthers forward Trent Merrin with the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal. Pictures: Supplied.
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Forward Trent Merrin has been named winner of the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal at a glittering ceremony at Panthers Pavillion.

The club held its annual awards on Wednesday, October 5, with Merrin named player of the year following his outstanding debut season with the Panthers.

Merrin played 25 games for the Panthers in 2016, finishing with five tries, 56 offloads, 861 tackles and 3891 running metres,a club statement said.

The announcement came just days after Merrin was named beside teammates Josh Mansour and Panthers skipper Matt Moylan on the Australian Kangaroos squad for theupcoming Four Nations tournament, the greatest representation of players the Panthers have had on the side since 2009.

Merrin said he was “shocked” to receive the award, and described the move to Penrith as one of the biggest challenges of his life.

“I’ve just got to thank the boys, I wouldn’t be standing here at all without you boys,” he said as he received the award.“Every week I put on that jersey for youse, you made this year the most humbling and best experience of my footy career so far.

“Coming out west from the south was one of the biggest challenges of my life, one of the hardest pre-seasons I’ve ever done in my career, 42 degrees heat I’m not built for that.

Trent Merrin on stage receiving his medal.

“It was a rollercoaster coming out here, stepping out of my comfort zone, and really testing myself personally. It was a bumpy ride throughout it all. missing out on selections and whatnot and trying to get thegame down pat throughout the year.

“We finally hit our stride halfway through the year, and the bond that we built all the way throughout the year was something I haven’t been a part of and it’s something that I hold special and something we are building towards the future.”

Merrin said the club was “heading in the right direction” with the coaching staff and said there was “a lot of excitement ahead of us”.

Former local junior and Blue Mountains native Peter Wallace was named winner of three awards on the night, taking out the Try of the Year, Members’ Player of the Year, and the prestigious John Farragher Courage and Determination Award.

“I’d like to thank everyone from the coaching staff right through to the back office, Gus [Panthers general manager Phil Gould] and all the boys,” Wallace said.

Peter Wallace receives the John Farragher Courage and Determination Award.

Coach Anthony Griffin congratulated all players and staff who received awards, in particular Peter Wallace.

“It[theJohn Farragher Courage and Determination Award] is a magnificent recognition of what he’s done for this team,” he said. “He’s put his body on the line over the last few years for the club without much of a reward.

“Congratulations, Wal, very well deserved.”

The full list of winners announced on the night were:

2016 Junior Education Award: Liam Martin.

2016 Senior Education Award: Isaah Yeo.

2016 OAK Try of the Year: Peter Wallace.

2016 NYC Player of the Year:Corey Waddell.

2016 ISP Player of the Year:Zach Dockar-Clay.

2016 Club Person of the Year:Glen Liddiard.

2016 Members Player of the Year: Peter Wallace.

2016 Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year: Shared betweenJames Fisher-Harris and Nathan Cleary.

2016 John Farragher Courage and Determination Award: Peter Wallace.

2016 Merv Cartwright Medal: Trent Merrin.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Crew on multimillion-dollar yacht rescued off NSW coast after 40 hours stranded at sea

The Carnival Spirit responds to a distress call from Masteka 2 and rescues two female crew members. Photo: AMSA The crew on board the Masteka 2 had to be rescued. Photo: AMSA
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The Masteka 2 broke down off the NSW Mid North Coast on Tuesday. Photo: Flagship Cruises

Six crew members onboard the Masteka 2 have been rescued after making a distress call. Photo: Flagship Cruises/Andrea Francolini

Crew members on board a multimillion-dollar yacht bobbing around the South Pacific Ocean with no power are being rescued after making a distress call two days ago.

The 37-metre Masteka 2 was on its way from Fiji to Sydney when it lost steering and began taking on water about 260 kilometres east of Port Macquarie on Tuesday.

Carnival Spirit, a cruise ship that responded to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s call for assistance, reached the superyacht first.

It rescued two female crew members using its fast boat and continued on its cruise to The Isle of Pines in New Caledonia.

The four remaining crew members opted to stay with the yacht to keep it afloat until further help arrived.

They were dropped supplies including satellite phones and monitored the boat’s pumps for two days.

Two tugboats reached the Masteka 2 at midnight on Wednesday and began towing it towards Sydney. The crew members remain on board.

It could take at least a day for the yacht to reach land.

“It’s not clear yet what happened,” an AMSA spokesperson said.

“The yacht lost its steering and started to take on water. We dropped pumps to them and they used those to pump the water out slowly leaking in and to keep the vessel stable.”

“Now that it is light, they are going to work out exactly what they are going to do,” the spokesperson said.

The vessel is rented out at $3000 an hour through an exclusive Sydney charter company.

It features an on-deck spa and five en suite cabins and can accommodate up to 80 guests at a time. It is sold as one of the largest luxury boats available for charter on Sydney Harbour.

“With striking contemporary lines and a five-star fitout, the Masteka 2 yacht is unsurpassed for sophisticated private parties, celebrity visits and VIP corporate events,” a description on the vessel website states.

According to Boat International, the superyacht was on the market for $15 million in 2010.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Dunkley delights supporters

Josh Dunkley tackles key Swans forward Buddy Franklin during the AFL grand final. Photo: Scott Barbour/Fairfax MediaFORMER Sale midfielder Josh Dunkley’s fairytale has continued, with a solid performance in last weekend’s grand final for the Western Bulldogs.
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Being part of a premiership team in his very first AFL season is all down to hard work, according to his uncle David.

“He’s set his mind to it for a long time,” he said.

“His last quarter was just sensational – there were pressure acts like shepherds and assists that you don’t get stats for.

“(Coach) Bevo and the guys see things the broader public wouldn’t.”

Dunkley started from the interchange bench, but enjoyed a strong second half.

He ended the day with nine kicks, six handballs, fifteen disposals, three marks, seven tackles, contributing strongly to midfield efforts.

His excellent season and finals campaign follows winning a grand final for Sale in 2012, and success in both the Gippsland Power and V/Line Cup teams.

Speaking to the Gippsland Times after being drafted by the Bulldogs, Dunkley noted he had a good relationship with coach Luke Beveridge and was keen to play close to his family in Yarram.

Dunkley’s father Andrew played for the Sydney Swans until 2002, and while he would have been included under the father-son rule in last year’s draft, Sydney failed to match the Bulldog’s bid, due a deal allowing him to play for a Melbourne club.

Speaking to AFL南京夜网419论坛, Dunkley noted that his dad was now “90 per cent” Bulldog, but would always have a soft spot for the Swans.

His uncle David said it was surreal to see Josh’s photo everywhere.

“To open up the paper on Monday and see Josh, just thinking, “it’s real”, it hasn’t hit yet,” he said.

“He’s a future leader, he just works super hard.

“We’re extremely proud of Josh, and his parents and brother and sister, he’s had a fantastic finals series.”

Dunkley was the AFL Rising Star nominee for round 20.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Soggy holdings sell fast in tight spring market

CBRE’s Colin Medway has led 20 interested parties around “Innisvale”, Canowindra. The property is 306ha and will be auctioned next Thursday.WHERE access is possible, soddenground has forced rural property agents to get creative to make the most of the early spring market.
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With rural listings tighter than previous years agents are keeping up with inspections withextra horsepower, including helicopters and all terrain vehicles.

“I haven’t driven a ute into a paddock for four months now,” saidCBRE head of rural transactions Colin Medway, Yass.

“I’ve got an ATV six-seater buggy which I’ve been using for inspections since the beginning of winter and for one property I’m marketingwe’ve used a helicopter to show prospective clients.”

At Forbes, where severe flooding has occurred, access to the bulk of listings has been completely cut off.

Elders agent Kim Watts, Forbes, has had to defer multiple auctions and inspections.

Agents agreedrural listings were tight.

Mr Medway had found demand for properties below $4 million had been exceptional.

“We’re marketing a 306-hectare property,Innisvale, Canowindra, and have already led inspections for 20 different parties,” he said.

Sydney-based rural property agent David Nolan, Webster Nolan Real Estate, who has “Buringa” and “Patrician”, on the go in Orangeand “The Curragh” in Tenterfield,said the wet had made it difficult to get photographs and do inspections.

He said there was “no where near” the amount of rural properties on the market this year compared to recent years.

“Demand is very good. The market could definitely handle some more listings,” Mr Nolan said.

“I think farmers are happy with the season and the income they’re receiving. They’regetting good capital growth instead of putting their money in their bank and a lot of theirchildren are coming back to the farm.”

Moree Real Estate agent Paul Kelly said the market was strong from Warialda to Walgett.

“The market is up in this district 15 per cent since the start of the year.”

There, farmers were holding on.

“I’ve got plenty of buyers but there’s not enough sellers.”

In the Riverina it was a similar story.

“When something does pop up everyone’s quite enthusiastic to get a hold of it,” saidDelta property’sTim Corcoran, Bomen.

He said farmers expanding their operationswere prepared to drive further for properties with scale.

“Itdoesn’t have to be over their backfence.”

Mr Corcoran reported hot demand for a unique 702ha cropping property, “Warrinn”, The Rock, ahead of its auction onNovember4.

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