Artists bring colour, life to Mannum

Artists bring colour, life to Mannum Artist Steve Oatway stands with his chariot on the Colour and Life exhibition opening night.
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Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll, Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess and Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick attended Mannum’s SALA opening night.

Artist Joel Zimmerman shows off his work which is on display in the Colour and Life exhibition.

Artists Joel Zimmerman, Benita Schiasky, Steve Oatway and Sandie Kuehne, Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess, artists Ane O’Dea and A.D. Whitworth, Mid Murray Council arts and cultural development officer Tess Minnett, atists Jacky Charleston, Spock and Neil Trenberth and Colour and Life exhibition curator Roger Baker stand together at Mannum’s SALA opening night.

Artist Anne O’Dea with one of her paintings on display in the Colour and Life exhibition.

Artist Jacky Charleston has her sculptures on display as part of Mannum’s SALA event.

Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess stands with Colour and Life exhibition curator Roger Baker and his scuplture Black Caviar.

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OPINION: Council fast with the facts

WHEN the council raised concerns about water, we funded a full-time water scientist to be based at the council offices.
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This scientist gives the council a fully independent water expert to help them understand the science behind AGL’s activities and hold AGL to account.

It says a lot about our willingness to address concerns genuinely and to do so transparently.

When the council raised the issue of desalination, our experts spent months researching the latest technology and best practice in order to develop a comprehensive water management strategy that will be open for community feedback from tomorrow.

When the council was concerned about fugitive methane emissions from gas wells, AGL invested in air quality measurement equipment and monitored baseline methane levels.

We will continue to monitor these levels during the Waukivory pilot.

In regards to well distance, the council has been repeatedly advised about why the proposed wells in these locations will be tested, reminded them that AGL had approval for the Gloucester Gas Project well before the 2km residential exclusion zones were introduced and that the wells were drilled over two years ago.

In addition to regular phone calls and emails, AGL meets monthly with council representatives at the Gloucester Dialogue – a forum the councillors themselves requested.

Here they are taken through our plans, studies, data and gas project updates, with the opportunity to ask questions.

Council may have its own views on the Waukivory Pilot but to suggest they have not even been consulted is simply not supported by the facts.

Julie Delvecchio

Head of Community Relations, AGL

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Fairfax unveils plan to deliver local news into the future

FAIRFAX Media has unveiled a plan to transform its regional and rural publications into a powerful network that will deliver an even better news and advertising service to Australian communities.
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The changes will affect more than 150 newspapers and websites across every state and territory over the next 18 months.

They are aimed at ensuring Fairfax remains the most trusted independent source of news and information in the communities it serves.

Fairfax, publisher of the Bombala Times, outlined the planson Thursday to hundreds of staffin its Australian CommunityMedia division.

Staff were told that while the transformation would result in a flatter, more regionally basedmanagement structure, the strong local character of its publications would remain.

“Fairfax has a long and proud history of delivering news to regional Australia,” division director John Angilley said.

“We will not waver in that commitment.

“New technology is changing the way we all consume information and media companies are making major changes in their businesses in response.

“The changes we have announced will allow us to deliver a better news service to our regional and rural communities and will put our publications on a sustainable footing for the future.”

As part of Fairfax’s results announcement, the company told the Australian Securities Exchange that the changes were expected to deliver savings of around $40 million a year by 2016.

But Mr Angilley said the focus of the plan was not on closing newspapers or leaving markets.

“It’s more likely that we will see some limited consolidation of papers – as we have already successfully done in a number of markets – where there is significant overlap of readership or where it makes business sense,” he said.

The plan will bring together a number of previously separate arms of Fairfax, including Fairfax Regional Media, Agricultural Media, Fairfax Community Media, Canberra, Newcastle and Illawarra.

The Australian Community Media division will be structured into six areas: ACT and NSW South; NSW Central; Newcastle and Hunter; North Coast NSW, Queensland and Northern Territory; Victoria and Tasmania; and South Australia and Western Australia.

The new structure allows greater sharing of services such astechnology, human resources and finance and working together across the group.

“Local news and content and sales capability remain at the heart of our business and will remain well resourced,” Mr Angilley said.

“We will have a smaller management layer and there will be other staffing changes as we implement.

“No decisions have been made yet about changes to any of our newspapers or websites – it remains business as usual.”

Mr Angilley said Fairfax would be working closely with its staff and local communities as the changes were progressively introduced.

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Bike tour turns Murraylands’ tourism wheels

Mid Murray Councillor David Peake, Renmark Paringa Council deputy Mayor Peter Hunter, Mannum cyclist Louise Bond, Bike SA chief executive officer Christian Haag, Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess, Morgan Community Development and Tourist Association chairman Rod James, Adelaide cyclist Madeleine Alexander, Mid Murray Council deputy Mayor Kevin Myers and Berri Barmera Councillor Mike Fuller.Hundreds of Australian cyclists will pass through the Murraylands and Riverland in September as part of Bike SA’s 2014 Annual Tour.
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Riders, aged between 13 and 78, will be taken off the beaten track and into the regions’ iconic and picturesque countryside.

Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess said the Annual Tour was a great opportunity for the Murraylands, drawing cyclists to the area and injecting money back into the local economy.

“The Bicycle SA Annual Tour will stop overnight in Mannum, Swan Reach and Morgan, providing an economic boost for many small communities in these cooler months,” he said.

“The riders will experience our magnificent river and landscape, passing through many riverside towns.”

Figures from the South Australian Tourism Commission show that 75,000 domestic overnight visitors in SA participated in cycling in 2013 and cycle tourism contributed $2.4 billion to the national economy every year.

Mr Burgess said towns like Mannum had already started to see a resurgence in the number of cycle tourists visiting the region.

“As Mannum staged two rounds of the Tour Down Under a few years ago, the township and Murraylands region has seen a growth in cycle tourism,” he said.

“Many of our regional residents have become dedicated recreational cyclists.

“It is not unusual to see riders fitted out in their lycra after cycling from Adelaide and surrounds to Mannum now, resting at the bakeries and coffee shops.”

-Details: The tour will cover 500 kilometres across nine days, departing from Adelaide at 8am on Saturday, September 20 and finished in Renmark on Sunday, September 28. To register for the nine-day bike tour visit www.bikesa.asn.au/annualtour.

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From South Park to Cockmantle, what’s your council’s name?

Council amalgamations mean that the proposed merger of South Perth and Victoria Park copuld become South Park, the name of an American TV series.We’ve all had a giggle at the possibility of South Perth and Victoria Park being named after the home of foul-mouthed characters Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan when council mergers kick in.
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With the state government planning to reduce the number of metropolitan councils from 30 to about 15, submissions for new council names closed on Thursday.

In June, South Perth council voted South Park as the preferred name of a merged council.

But like an excited couple talking baby names before a baby is even born, WAtoday南京夜网.au has come up with some suggestions for the possible new local governments.

East Fremantle/Fremantle

Many out of towners already spell Fremantle wrong, so why not embrace that, add that ‘e’ for East into Fremantle and have Freemantle.

Melville/Coolbelup/Bibra Lake/North Lake/Samson/O’Connor

According to the maps of the proposed new boundaries that are available online, this new local government could be shaped almost like a heart, so I say let’s stick with the city of love theme and call it Paris.

In the tradition of Paris’ many bridges that are covered in locks placed by love-struck couples, perhaps the Canning Bridge could also be renamed the Love Bridge.

Never mind the strange shape sticking out of the loveheart – I’d prefer to overlook it than see it as a stake in the heart.

Joondalup is expected to stay solo, so why not call them what many other local government mayors consider them behind closed doors… Winners.

Wanneroo, a place where many people would like to change the name, won’t get the chance as the local government will remain unchanged.

Perth and Vincent should be dubbed Bunnings, because while Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi may say the city was not trying to cherry pick infrastructure in its suggestion for the new boundary, the newly-created local government could end up having almost one of everything; including three major hospitals, Patersons Stadium and Crown Perth.

Other parts of Perth could also possibly be renamed as a result of the mergers.

While we are at it, Belmont Racecourse could be re-branded as ‘Alaska’ as it is actually currently within the Town of Victoria Park, similar to the way the American state of Alaska, is not quite connected to the rest of the electorate it falls under.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale obviously doesn’t mind long names that confuse people, so to be fair; it could just add Armadale to become Serpentine Jarrahdale Armadale.

While the other local governments might tease SJA at local government get-togethers, like anyone with a double or triple barrel name, its peers will likely make their own nickname for it.

Late last year the idea of expanding the City of Melville to take in parts of the Cockburn, Fremantle and Canning was suggested but now seems unlikely: luckily because Cockmantle just does not sound right.

Instead it looks likely that Cockburn and Kwinana could merge but I wouldn’t suggest a merger of their names as neither Cocknana or Cockwin sound that pleasant.

There may actually be no point discussing possible names anyway, as it’s likely Premier Colin Barnett and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson will ‘suggest’ some new names but not force any council to use them.

Mr Simpson should receive the completed report by the end of August.

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OPINION: Reducing our dependence on others

I AM writing in response to a letter published in the Advocate on August 13 from Greg Doepel.
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It is only right that people across all walks of life and from all parts of a community ask tough questions and actively seek facts and information regarding mining and indeed any other form of economic development in their regions.

They are also right to expect authorities to make decisions based on a holistic understanding of critical issues, including environmental, agricultural and economic issues – at both local and State-level.

In this vein, some of the author’s comments and conclusions regarding the approval of the Petroleum Exploration Licence for the Gloucester basin are misplaced.

First the mining and gas industry in NSW is anything but ‘rampant’.

There are currently about 100 active mine and gas extraction sites in NSW.

In fact, 5.1 per cent of the whole of NSW land currently hosts extractive mineral or gas activities.

For gas, the land under production is 0.03 per cent of the State. And yes, we are seeking to help NSW to become more self-reliant in gas.

NSW currently produces about 5 per cent of its own gas needs, importing 95 per cent from inter-state. This makes us vulnerable to external supply and price shocks.

But we are not about development at any cost. The development of our resources has to be done in as safe and sustainable a manner as possible.

Mining and petroleum projects in NSW are subject to the most extensive and rigorous approvals processes in Australia involving numerous agencies including Planning, Environmental Protection Authority, Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Resources and Energy and the NSW Office of Water.

In addition, the NSW government has introduced the toughest requirements in the country for gas producers. These include a 2km exclusion zone around residential and village areas, an Aquifer Interference Policy, a Code of Practice for Well Integrity, banning harmful BTEX chemicals and evaporations ponds.

In all there are 30 new measures which ensure world’s best practice is being followed in NSW.

We have done this to not only to protect our valuable land, water and other natural resources, but also because we feel a strong regime is important to try to build community trust.

We hope the strong regime we have developed and are continuing to develop, including in response to suggestions from the scientific community, will demonstrate we understand the risks, that we are managing those risks and importantly, that we will respond swiftly and decisively when companies do the wrong thing or when accidents occur.

In short, we welcome constructive debate; it’s a valuable and vital part of our society. But it has to be constructive and just as community asks for their local concerns to be heard and understood, we also ask that the community hear and understand the strategic context of these projects, as well as the factual information about the risks and how they are being managed.

For example, it is unfair to compare the effects of gas exploration in other States and countries to NSW.

Our geology is different, our water resources are different, our regulatory regime is different, our populations are different, our strategic energy needs are different – just to name a few.

And just as landholders and nearby property owners deserve to be heard and understood, there are numerous segments of the broader community who should also be considered.

The facts are that more than a million NSW households rely on gas as an energy source. Over 400 large industrial and power plant customers and some 35,000 smaller commercial and manufacturing businesses rely on gas as a feedstock.

Gas is a key ingredient in industrial processes, such as production of fertiliser, plastics, pharmaceuticals, fabrics and is also used to manufacture industrial products such as ammonia, methanol, butane, ethane, propane and acetic acid.

Gas is also used as a heat source to make glass, steel, cement, bricks, ceramics, tile, paper and by medical facilities for incineration of contaminated waste.

Gas is a vital element to our economy, our competitiveness and our quality of life.

If as NSW citizens we want to continue to have security of supply, as well as trying to keep any downward pressure on energy prices, we need to reduce our dependence on others. It is that simple.

Kylie Hargreaves

Deputy Secretary, Resources and Energy

NSW Trade and Investment

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OPINION: An inspiring night

I HAD the pleasure of attending the Inspirational Gloucester event on Tuesday night and it was indeed inspirational.
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The businesses who presented, the visitor team and the representative from the business enterprise centre were all very excited about business here and shared a lot of information.

Small business is the backbone of Australia, not just Gloucester, and you could not help but be impressed by businesses such as Drifta, Barrington Outdoor Activities Centre, Accommodation Management Gloucester, helloworld and Webbs Real Estate, to name just a few, who are building sustainability into their businesses.

The only downside was a couple of people who quickly left the evening, indicating they did not want to mingle and socialise, which I thought was an insult to the businesses and other organisations who willingly gave their time and energy to the evening.

It was an informative evening and I encourage anyone who is interested in the future of Gloucester to attend the next Inspirational Gloucester event and be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of our small businesses.

Denise Gilbert


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Missing for two weeks, model Ataui Deng found in New York City hospital

A New York-based model has been found alive in hospital, nearly two weeks after she vanished from outside a popular Manhattan nightclub, according to reports.
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Sudan-born Ataui Deng, 22, a former refugee, has walked in runway shows for leading fashion designers including Christian Dior.

Her disappearance from outside the XVI Lounge, a rooftop bar near Times Square, on August 6, sparked a widespread search and social media campaign.

Singer Rihanna, who picked Deng to model her River Island clothing collection, was among those appealing for information.

If any one has any information on this young lady’s whereabouts, please call the NYPD or email [email protected]南京夜网 pic.twitter南京夜网/YR1bZgI2tG — Rihanna (@rihanna) August 18, 2014New York Postthat Deng had checked herself into St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where she remained.

Fellow model Ajak Deng (right) who was raised in Australia and is good friends with Ataui Deng, posted a photograph on Instagram of the pair together.


Ataui Deng, whose full name is Ataui Deng Hopkins, was born in Khartoum in Sudan but, in 2004 at the age of 12, she and her parents moved to the US to escape the Sudanese civil war.

She was spotted at a modelling expo in Dallas, and signed with Trump modelling agency in 2008.

Deng, who is the niece of model Alek Wek, has since appeared on the pages of Marie Claire France and Vogue Germany, and has modelled for L’Wren Scott, Proenza Schouler and Zac Posen.

At the time of her disappearance, Deng lived with her boyfriend, actor Grant Monohon, in Manhattan. He was with her on the night she disappeared.

Monohon previously told the New York Post that Deng was having “personal issues” before she disappeared.

“We walked out of the club together,” Monohon told the newspaper.

“She didn’t say anything. She just left and I expected her to come back and she didn’t.

“She’s the most gorgeous soul, she’s the sweetest woman. She’s just [been] acting irregular lately.

“It’s not irregular for her not to come back for a day or two. On the third day I was getting really worried.”

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Whyalla News Medal fancies

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In the lead-up to the 2014 Whyalla News medal we take a look at your team’s best chances heading into the count.

North Whyalla

Following an unprecedented year of dominance North Whyalla should see one of its players named this year’s Whyalla News medallist.

At the top of the pecking order is midfield dynamo Sam Flanegan, who should poll well in the early rounds, after an impressive start to his season.

Flanegan has consistently been in his team’s best players week in and week out, however could suffer from losing votes to other prolific North players.

GOOD YEAR: North midfielder Sam Flanegan will be one of the favourites heading into Monday nights Whyalla News medal count

Josh Ackland and Chad Clothier have also both had stellar years in the centre square and should poll significant votes in the count.

Ray McIntosh is the most athletic player in the league – his run, dash, carry and marking ability will surely catch the eyes of the umpires.

Backman Wayne Dare has been North’s general in the back six and the calming influence launching North from defence into attack with speed and precision.

Dare’s ability to read the play and slice through opposition teams with ease has been a huge reason for North’s success, however as a key position player and a gun midfield in front of him, Dare may not poll as many votes as he deserves.

West Whyalla

For the Dragons ruckman Aaron Smith again had a very consistent year and spent more time as a key marking forward as the year went on.

West Whyalla’s Aaron Smith

Goalsneak Brad Smith continued to do what he does best – kick goals.

The now 35-year-old showed no signs of slowing down, to finish with an impressive 48 goals before heading into another finals campaign.

Versatile players Dylan Everett and Kode Patterson have also played some terrific football throughout the year and should poll votes given West Whyalla’s impressive year.

Weeroona Bay

For the Tigers, young ruckman Adam Nicol had a breakout year playing in a number of roles.

Nicol spent his year at centre half back, centre half forward and the ruck.

He has been playing his best football at centre half forward, while rotating through the ruck.

The last five to six rounds Nicol has become the league’s dominant big man whose mobility around the ground has seen him also become a key midfield contributor in the Bays’ engine room.

Last year’s Whyalla News medallist James Gruitt had an indifferent start to the season but has since returned to his damaging best.

2013 Whyalla News medallist James Gruitt fends off an opponent.

A known ball magnet and vote getter, the odds may be stacked against Gruitt, but he should finish in the top five vote getters for the year.

Goalsneek Cameron Edey has played his best football rotating between the midfield and forward pocket, starring in the Bays’ Anzac Day demolition of South Whyalla, kicking 10 goals.


The youth policy at Roopena saw its young players gain valuable league minutes and some have blossomed in it.

However, seasoned campaigner Waylon Nielsen had a stellar year, only succumbing to a late season injury which has unfortunately put his finals prospects in danger.

Youngster Kyle Crompton has played some really consistent football in the midfield and could poll a few votes, while big ruckman Daniel Stringer will poll votes.

Captain Kane Grund was stellar at centre half back and capped his year off being named captain of WFL’s combined team.

Central Whyalla

The Roosters had an indifferent year, and after being grand finalists in 2013, the Roosters failed to make the top four this year.

Classy midfielder Nick Sims played some of his best football in 2014 and showed why he is considered one of the best runners in the league.

Hard running Central midfielder Nick Sims.

Captain Daniel Marshall moved from defence into attack and then into the midfield to be his team’s most consistent player for the year.

Marshall is best suited to the backline, however he showed he is capable of kicking goals up front and using his bigger body in the midfield.

South Whyalla

Following another horror season down at Beach Road, the Demons only won a single game for the season, making it impossible for a South player to win the medal.

However, in the disappointing season there have been a few shining lights – none more than the form of Scott Clark.

Clark began the season on a wing – however was moved into the centre square where he established himself as one of the best clearance players in the league.

Vice captain Chad Smith gave his all every week and does not stop running or trying for his club and should poll well.

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Trade Me delivers small profit jump

Expansion and acquisitions are at the forefront of Trade Me’s plans for this financial year, but chief executive Jon Macdonald is aiming for strong profit growth come 2016.
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Trade Me reported a small up tick in profit on Wednesday, buoyed by strong growth in its classifieds business. Net profit for the 2014 financial year rose 1.9 per cent to $NZ80.1 million ($72.5 million).

Trade Me shares are up 2.2 per cent to $3.25 in early afternoon trade.

The New Zealand-based company, whose majority stake was sold by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, in 2012, had revenue growth of 9.7 per cent to $NZ180.1 million in the 12 months ended June 30.

Mr Macdonald said the company would further invest over the next year.

In the last financial year, Trade Me acquired health insurance comparison website LifeDirect and online automobile vehicle check service MotorWeb, for $NZ4 million and $NZ19.5 million respectively. Trade Me will pay a further $NZ4.1 million for LifeDirect over the next two years.

“I expect we will continue to find and, either partner with or acquire, interesting start-up businesses that provide us a great way to leapfrog into a new area. We continue to be pretty active when it comes to looking at exciting businesses,” Mr Macdonald said.

“Last year and this coming year is very much about reinvestment. I think beyond that, I expect to see a return to greater levels of profit growth.”

The online marketplace and classifieds website will pay a final dividend of NZ8.4¢, payable on September 23.

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