Youngcare benefits from Blonde steer

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CHARITY STEER: The outstanding Blonde Aquitaine that will to be auctioned in aid of Youngcare. MERINGANDAN butchers Wayne and Belinda Hess and family are supportingtoday’sYoungcare Ribs andRed luncheon in Brisbane by donating a pure Blonde Aquitaine steer that will to be auctioned in aidof the celebratedcharity for young people with high needs.
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Thedonation has been supported by Maclagan Meats which hasprocessed the steer and Daryl’s Transport which transported the carcaseto Hesslands Butchery at Meringandan.

Wayne and the Hesslands Butchery team will cut up the steer to the purchaser’s individual requirements.

The steer from the Hess’sWaite-A-Wyle Blonde D Aquitaine stud was selected on its high yield, lean tender beef and most of all eating quality.

Hesslands Butchery is well known acrossthe Darling Downs for its quality meat and high level of service customers both in the store, private cut ups and many restaurants supplied from their store during the past 12 years.

The Hess family show both stud cattle and led steers at local shows and at the Ekka. This year the family has a major success with a half-brother to the charitysteer.It was named the reserve champion at Beef 2015 in Rockhamptonunder the expert eye of Terry Nolan fromNolans Meats.

Belinda was also one of the organisers of the RNA Youngcare charity steer competition from 2007 to 2010.

“The steerrepresents a greatopportunity to purchase a quality product and make change to quality of life to many young Australians living with high care needs,” Wayne said.

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Bumper chickpea crop quality clipped

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BUMPY ROAD: Rain at the end of the week will set the fortunes of the chickpea crop in the North West of the state.
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THE North West’s huge chickpea crop could suffer significant downgrades if forecast rain for the end of this week eventuates.

Some crops have already been hit hard by hail damage but the impact from rain won’t be realised until headers roll through paddocks.

Penagcon agronomist Drew Penberthy, Bellata, said cropswere downgraded each time it rained.

Harvest was stopped in his area which received more than 100 millimetres in November, with rain on almost every other day.

Mr Penberthy said the precipitation could create brittle seeds and affect colour which would downgrade crops that already had yield estimates lowered due to last month’s hot weather.

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Country club fails in quest for a saviour

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THE embattledMount Beauty Country Club is unlikely to reopen after an unsuccessful search for a new operator.
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The venue, Mount Beauty’sonly poker machines site,has been shut and in administration since July.

Doors set to stay shut: The Mount Beauty Country Club is not expected to reopen following financial woes which saw it stop trading earlier this year.

The club’s administrator Chris Chamberlain said there was an $800,000 black hole with creditors largely linked to the Victorian Government and the operation of the 19 poker machines.

“It’s not looking rosy as we speak,” Mr Chamberlain said.

“It’s highly unlikely at this stage (it will reopen).

“I think time has moved on –one of the big imposts was that the number of pokies didn’t make it a sustainable and viable operation.”

Mr Chamberlain said an oversupply of poker machines in Victoria meant there was little value in their licences.

“They’re not worth a great deal, you would be lucky to get $2000 a licence,” he said.

Mr Chamberlain said he was hoping to sell the site after having received inquiries and was considering holding an auction.

“I would be pushing to try to have it wrapped up by the end of the year,” he said.

The closure has hit theMount Beauty Bowls Club which has been unable to use its rink for pennant games this season due tono access to the country club.

Club secretary Bob Joyner said the 32 members were continuing to practice at the rink twice a week but were fearful about their fate.

He said two members had already moved to Tawonga Bowls Club because of the uncertainty at Mount Beauty.

Mr Joyner said the club was hopeful there would be a new buyer with whom it could negotiate an arrangement to continue.

A shed at the club contains$30,000 worth of machinery which is used forthe bowlers.

Kiewa Valley-based Alpine Shire councillor Peter Roper said the fate of the bowling club was generating more interest than the prospect of Mount Beauty being left without poker machines.

Mr Chamberlain said the club’s 700 members had been kept informed of his progress in administering the business, but there had largely been a “very quiet” reaction.

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BOWLS: Woods wins consistency singles

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This week only six social players along with the finals of the consistency singles played between Rosalie Woods and Barbara Lincoln.
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A very closely fought game with Rosalie coming out the winner. Congratulations Rosalie.

Next Tuesday will be the President’s team versus the Secretary’s team.

It was decided that everyone take something along to participate in a shared lunch as bowls draws to a close for 2015.

Our Christmas party this year, combined with the presentation of trophies for 2015, will be held on December 1 at the bowling club. Midday for a 12.30pm lunch.

The same format as last year when an extra $5 for raffle tickets was paid in lieu of exchanging gifts.

Starting date for bowls in 2016 is Tuesday February 2 and as from that date we hope to play both Tuesdays and Saturday mornings in order that we may entice some of the working women to take up bowls and who are unable to play on Tuesdays.

Morning tea girls for next Tuesday Pat Young and Beverley Shields.

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Local generosity comes to the fore

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1990 VISITORS: League legends Les Davidson and Paul Sironen with local league fans Chris Brown and Brendon Savage. lm111415siro
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GUEST of honour at the Lithgow Tradies Golf Day was Balmain, New South Wales and Australian second rower Paul Sironen who also acted as master of ceremonies for the auction at the Lithgow Golf Club.

It is not the first time that the big forward has visited Lithgow, but has visited various charities and clinics over the years in the district.

Back in 1990, Sironen, Souths’ Les Davidson and Mark Ellison along with Balmain and later Group 10 rep James Grant made up the coaching panel at a rugby league clinic held at the Newnes Recreation Camp.

A lot of today’s NRL league players take time out of their busy schedules to be involved with clinics and also visit hospitals and attend charities.

Lithgow has always been known as extremely generous and this was shown again when sponsors for the Tradies Golf Day gave their support.

All money raised will be presented to the Lithgow Community Transport who do such a great job ferrying cancer sufferers and their family back and forth for treatment.

Sponsors for the golf day were CFMEU, Frank Capomolla Concrete and Excavations, MI Formwork and Concrete, Ron Evans Painting, Joe Inzitari Electrical, GB Building, GBH Building, Dean Horton Building, Carpet One Lithgow, Stramit, Lithgow Workmens Club, Tree View Estate, LJ Hooker Lithgow, Grand Central Hotel, Harvey Norman Lithgow, Dobsoni Building, Mark Water Plumbing, Panthers Leagues Club Bathurst, Centennial Coal, Gracey Earthmoving, Inzitari Road House, Bunnings, Tradelink, TLE, Dulux, Hanson Concrete, GoodEarth, Timberfix, Franks Tanks, Eves Creations, Zig Zag Motel, Lithgow City Holden, Mark O’Toole Electrical, Stihl, Sports Power Lithgow, Mountain Stone Design, Lithgow Landscape and Produce and Bianca Villa.

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Longest serving Booral worker clocks up 50 years

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Booral’s Wayne Blows has clocked up 50 years of service on Great Lakes Council.While some people struggle to last a few years in any one job, Wayne Blows has clocked up 50.
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The Great Lakes Council employee started working for the then Stroud Council when he was only 15.

His parents were running a dairy farm on the family property at Booral but were doing it tough, so Wayne left school to help them.

“They couldn’t afford to pay me so I looked around for a job and could get an immediate start on council,” the 67-year-old said.

“I would go to work and help out when I got home and on weekends.

“I started at Tea Gardens with a napping hammer breaking up rocks on the road.

“I then went to Hawks Nest where there were only two streets in the town, the rest were gravel.

“Workers camped on site during the week and went home on weekends.

“Stroud Shire was really big back then before the main office was built in Forster and I worked all over the place.

“One of my jobs was to build bush fences at Lighthouse Beach.

“I was told it would be a two-week job but I was there for 18 months.”

Wayne said it was quite back-breaking working but there have been so many changes over the years to make it better.

“There were no backhoes, you had to dig the roads up with picks and maddocks. And that was before jackhammers were made.

“We had to load the gravel trucks with shovels, there were no loaders back then.

“I’ve seen hundreds of workers come and go . . . Some have been great but I’ve seen a few scoundrels too.”

Wayne came very close to giving up work in 2011 when his wife Alison passed away from cancer.

“We had been together for a long, long time and I felt really lonely . . .It was hard coming home to an empty house.

“I thought if I gave up work it would be even worse, so decided to keep going.

“I am contemplating retirement in March next year when the pool closes.

“I look after the pool during the summer months and I wouldn’t let them down so would see the season out.

“It’s not definite yet, but that’s what I am thinking about.”

Wayne is the longest serving employee of Great Lakes Council.

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Former council executive in mayoral race

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REDLAND City Mayor Karen Williams finally has an opponent for the March 19 election.
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Redland Bay father of two Greg Underwood, 61, has decided to run for the city’s top position.

Mr Underwood was Redland council’s general manager for planning from 2005 to 2011.

He was also the city’s chief executive for four months in 2010 a temporary “fill-in” role but did not want the position full time and was happy to return to the Strategic Planning department.

Former general manager at Redland City Council Greg Underwood will run for mayor at the March 19 election.

He moved to the state government planning department after the council restructured andhis contract was not renewed.

His anti political donation stance will force him to fund his own campaign which he said he launched in an effort to “return balance” to decisions made about development applications.

The catalyst for him to leap the divide from bureaucracy and join the political fray was an October council decision to relax rules protecting koala trees on a block of land at Muller Street, Redland Bay.

The decision made way for a higher-density residential sub-division.

“I’ve had a lot of people talk to me over the past 12 months regarding decision making saying they weren’t happy with the decisions that they thought they were loaded to go with the developer rather than the community interest,” he said.

“I met with council officers and Julie (Talty) on that issue and they really just didn’t want to know about putting conditions on the development.

“As someone who has been putting conditions on development for 40 years, you always try to get the best outcome for the community by putting reasonable conditions on.

“The development needed to go ahead but they just didn’t seem prepared to get the best community outcome and that’s been voiced to me in the past over other decisions.”

If elected, Mr Underwood said he would work to ensure vested interest groups – whether greenies or developers – got balanced not favourable treatment.

He said it was unfair on ratepayers that the mayor was not in the chambers during debate or voting for many important decisions due to conflict of interest after accepting donations.

Reticent about making promises, Mr Underwood said if elected, his first actions would be to review the 2017-18 budget and then scrutinise any changes made to the new planning scheme.

“I’m concerned about what the new planning scheme might bring with this council and they are considering this at the moment,” he said.

“I’m not against development, I just think we need to be tailoring development into the right locations and not just arbitrarily saying all urban residential development is good because it’s not for Redlands.”

A vocal advocate for the Toondah Harbour project, Mr Underwood said he had played a role in getting the city to buy some of the foreshore land to safeguard it for public use.

He said the only urban development outside the current planning scheme that he would support was a technology or learning precinct.

He said he would have liked to have seen all blocks at Shoreline larger than 600sqm for the 4000-dwelling project.

“I’m not in favour of expanding the urban footprint for housing but I am realistic about previous approvals,” he said.

“If, for example, Shoreline is not approved, I will work with the council and the developer to moderate the design and, in particular the medium/high density aspects and small-lot content east of serpentine Road,” he said.

Cr Williams, a first-term mayor, won the 2012 election in a landslide, defeating her opponent Melva Hobson with a 20 per cent margin.

Cr Williams congratulated Mr Underwood for standing for mayor and urged him to discuss his plans withresidents.

“My administration has delivered the firstsurplus operating budgets in over 15 years while at the same time delivering the lowest rate increases in south-east Queensland, abolishing tip fees, reducing debt and working to deliver landmark, job creating projects like Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

“We’ve done all these things while ensuring council is open and accountable to Redland residents.

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Seafood hit by climate change, study finds

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The higher up the food chain, the more likely fish will do poorly under climate change, Photo: CSIRO Marine ResearchMajor new ‘floodgate’ of ice opensA global marine food chain collapse due to greenhouse gas emissions could hit many popular eating fish, an Australian study has found.
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Warmer waters, coupled with ocean acidification, mean that the higher a fish is up the food chain, the more imperilled it would be.

“They will need more food, but less food will be available – and these are the fish that we like to eat,” said University of Adelaide marine ecologist Ivan Nagelkerken​.

“There will be a species collapse from the top of the food chain down.”

The oceans have taken up about one third of all the world’s increased carbon dioxide emissions since 1750, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In the upper 75 metres of the ocean, the global average temperature has warmed by 0.11 degree celsius per decade over the past 40 years, the IPCC says.

Meanwhile the World Meteorological Organisation says carbon dioxide input is increasing ocean acidity at a rate unprecedented in 300 million years – amounting tofour kilograms of carbon dioxide per day, per person.

Tuna catches may be fewer under climate change. Photo: CSIRO Marine Research

Associate Professor Nagelkerken’s analysis, published on Tuesday in theProceedings of the National Academy of Science, draws together the results of 632 experiments on the direction and magnitude of ecological change forced by greenhouse gases.

The work, with fellow University of Adelaide marine ecologist Sean Connell, is aimed at filling a knowledge gap on how climate change will more broadly affect the marine environment.

Associate Professor Nagelkerken found that only the smallest plankton was likely to benefit from warmer waters.

Ocean acidification meant secondary production of zooplankton and smaller fish would not follow plankton’s food gains.Instead warmer waters would raise these fishes’ metabolism, the rate at which they burn calories, and therefore increase their demand for food.

the costs of this mis-match would rise up the food chain, with much less food available for carnivores such as the tuna, sharks and gropers upon which industrial fishing relies,Associate ProfessorNagelkerken said.

The analysis also showed that species limited to specific habitats, such as corals, oysters and mussels, would be able to deal only poorly with climate change.

“The future simplification of our oceans has profound consequences for our current way of life, particularly for coastal populations and those that rely on oceans for food and trade,” he said.

One way to help manage the problem was to limit other stressors on marine life.

“If we reduce over-fishing we provide potential opportunities for species to better cope with climate change,” he said.

Around 61 per cent of wild fish stocks are “fully fished” and 29 per cent “over-fished”, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Just 10 per cent are under-fished, the organisation’s 2014 World Fisheries report said.

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GOLF: Harding and McKinnon take the lead

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Last Saturday we had 22 starters in the first round of the 4BBB Championships sponsored by Narromine Butchery.
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Leaders on day one were Tony Harding and Jamie McKinnon with 46 points.

On 45 points we had Ash Bullock and Mick McKean and the team of Greg Barling and Steve Ward.

Nearest to the pin ninth was Rob Gainsford and 10th Mick McKean.

On Sunday for the second round we had 24 starters which was also sponsored by Narromine Butchery. It was won by Andrew Hocroft and Peter Treseder with 51 points from Greg Barling and Steve Ward with 45 points.

On 44 points we had Ash Bullock and Mick McKean.

Nearest to the pin nine Greg Barling and 10th Brian Masling.

After the two rounds the scratch winners were Tony Harding and Jamie McKinnon with 75 points from Greg Barling and Steve Ward with 63 points on a count back from Joshua Coen and Steve Gillette.

The handicap winners were Andrew Hocroft and Peter Treseder with 93 points from Greg Barling and Steve Ward with 90 points.

Tuesday night golf had 101 starters with the best team on the night being the Rushweld Phantoms on 90 points.

The best individual scores were Ben Coen 28, Bron McKean 27, Col Shepherdson 23, Dudley Alcorn 23, Viv Halbisch 23, Lynne McCutcheon 23, Pam Cruikshank 23, Lyn Davies 22, Des Weir 22, Nev Attwater 22, Jordan Murphy 22, Lachie Reid 22.

Nearest to the pin third Tony Barlow, ninth Craig Davies, 10th John Butcher and 17th Viv Halbisch.

Tomorrow we have a stroke event for the monthly medal play-off sponsored by Rusty McKenzie and Ross King and Sunday will be a 4BBB for the Darroll Handsaker Memorial Day.

Don’t forget the AGM coming up on Thursday November 26.

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Finalists named for race awards

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THE four finalists for Southern District Racing Association’s (SDRA) Special Achievement Award have been unveiled for next week’s presentation night.
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Pat Freyer, Mark Hart, Darryl McLean and Ian Reid have all been announced as finalists for the award.

Mark Hart

The winner will be announced at the SDRA Presentation Night next Friday night, November 20, at Murrumbidgee Turf Club (MTC).

Freyer began her involvement with Albury Racing Club in 1944 and continues to be a key contributor on racedays in a number of roles.

Hart is MTC’s track manager and added to his list of impressive achievements recently when he was presented with an award for excellence at the Australian Racecourse Managers Association (ARMA) conference.

McLean has worked as a SDRA steward for almost 40 years.

Reid was judge at Wagga for 44 years until his retirement in August.

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REVIEW: Drift on in for your fix

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Order at the counter and settle back while the kids whip up their own culinary magic with a play set just like Drift’s real kitchen. Below, Five Senses coffee and the view from the street.TO those who head to Merewether and make a beeline to the beach, Drift Food Coffee Catering might be tucked away in the back streets. But it’s clear locals – and those visitors in the know – head to Drift for their fix.
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Perched on the corner of Llewllyn and Dent streets in Merewether, Drift is in a strip which includes a supermarket, fruit shop and deli, making it the perfect complement to a quaint suburban shopping strip. With easy parking on the street outside, Drift is the perfect pre- or post-beach pit stop in a suburb where parking is often at a premium.

Drift opened in mid February with Cat Ramplin and Josh Sudana at the helm. The couple were previously at Merewether’s Burwood Inn where Josh was in the kitchen and Cat front of house.

Now the couple front their own cafe which bustles weekdays and weekends with brekkie and lunch trade, and regulars popping in for their fix of Five Senses Coffee and whatever sweet treats the cabinet boasts that day: think flourless chocolate cake, banana cake, Victoria sponge with jam and cream, salted caramel doughnuts, triple berry doughnuts.

It’s a large site with plenty of seating for street watching on a bench seat looking out the large windows or on tables throughout the cafe. For the little ones there’s also a cute kids’ play area complete with a kitchen play set which mirrors Drift’s real kitchen at the opposite end of the building.

With a breeze floating in through glass louvres and sun pouring in the huge windows, Drift is the perfect place to settle a while: order at the counter and make yourself comfortable.

Coffee (nicely hot, strong and not at all bitter) and tea arrives quickly in turquoise tea ware, the chic charcoal teapot perched on a wooden board continuing the beachy feel. Food arrives not too long after, the burgers in American-esque plastic baskets with a hearty serve of Old Bay seasoned fries.

The combination of celery salt, paprika and other spices including red and black pepper will have you salivating at the mere memory. In a city where many cafes and burger joints serve burgers bare without a side of fries – which means you have to order a side of fries you inevitably end up eating far too much of – it’s nice to have a burger come with fries, and for a good price too.

The cheeseburger is equally tasty thanks to a succulent waygu beef patty, American jack cheddar cheese, house-made burger sauce and a generous slice of pickle topped off with lettuce, tomato and onion. The Southern-style buttermilk fried chicken burger is just as moreish, with moist yet crispy chicken and a simple salad and avocado topping.

The chilli-salt squid salad with Asian herbs, wombok cabbage, peanut and nuoc cham dressing arrives piled on the plate and packed with plenty of perfectly cooked, tender squid.

Turning the salad over to drench it all in the Vietnamese sauce on the bottom of the bowl makes for a light yet satisfying meal packed with pops of chilli heat and crunch from peanuts all the way through.

Wartime past restored

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Around LockhartTHE preservation of the honour board and restoration of 34 unique photographs of World War I servicemen photos is almost complete.
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The restored photos have been installed in the honour board in the foyer of the Lockhart Memorial Hall.

A list of WI servicemen’s names from the board and the photos will be available at the Greens Gunyah Museum.

Single copies of the photos are available at no extra cost to families.

Sport AGMLockhart Football, Netball Club will be holding their AGM on Wednesday, November 18 at 8pm in the Blue Harper Pavilion.

All welcome.

RockOOSH pushTHE Lockhart Shire Council and The Rock Central School are working in partnership to establish a Before and After School Care Program.

RockOOSH will be the name of the first stage of the Before and After School Care Program within the Shire, which will be conducted at The Rock Central School.

It is anticipated that the new service will startin the first school term of 2016, and will be available primarily to primary school aged children.

It is expected that the centre will be licenced for 20 children.

The likely hours of operation will be from 7am to 8.30am and 3pm to 6pm each school day and a vacation care program is anticipated in school holidays.

It is very important for parents to have their children enrolled well in advance of next year to avail themselves of the opportunity to use this important and needed service.

Enrolment forms are available at the The Rock Central School during school term and downloadable from council’s website, 梧桐夜网lockhart.nsw.gov419论坛.

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WITH THE FLOW

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David Papps, Commonwealth Environmental Water HolderTHE Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder told a forum in Wodonga this week environmental flows were delivering benefits to the nation’s waterways.
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“I’m very cognisant of that, and we get the same allocations as irrigators so we’ve got to manage our smaller amounts of water just as sensibly as they do.

“We’ve just got to keep making sure that we’re communicating and engaging with people and continuing to try to work through any issues that emerge.”

Southern Riverina Irrigators this week said the government did not fully grasp the plight of rural communities.

“The food bowl of Australia is going to be decimated if wecontinue along the current path,”Southern Riverina Irrigators chairman Graeme Pyle said.

Mr Papps, who was responsible for managing environmental water to “protect and restore” the Murray-Darling Basin environment, said successes showedthe flows were a benefit.

“We get the same allocation as them (irrigators) so I’m in the same boat as them,” Mr Papps said.

“But I think when it comes to talking about environmental water we’ve actually got to show them the outcomes …in the Goulburn we’ve had terrific fish breeding, endangered species, golden perch all as a result off environmental water.”

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