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Kingston farmer named one of the best

In a press release today two South Australians were been named as the best farmers in Australia and Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell congratulated both South Australians for their significant achievement in what’s becoming one of the most prestigious awards in Australian agriculture.

Adelaide Hills apple grower Robert Green has been named the ABC Rural and Kondinin Group 2014 Australian Farmer of the Year. He was also named the Australian Horticultural Grower of the Year and 33-year-old livestock farmer Jack England from Kingston in the South East was named Young Farmer of the Year.

South Australia was the only state to win three categories at last night’s award ceremony in Melbourne.

“It’s little wonder that South Australia has a growing international reputation for premium food and wine when we have innovative farmers such as Robert and Jack leading the agricultural industry in our state,” he said.

“This kind of recognition for our farmers is testimony to their commitment to sustainable farming, and the importance of agriculture to South Australia’s economy.”

The ABC Rural and Kondinin Group Australian Farmer of the Year awards are in their fifth year, and are aimed at the professional, innovative and sustainable approach of farming families while also raising the profile of the role they play in Australian agriculture.

Minister Bignell said Robert was a fourth-generation grower who farms 40,000 apple trees on more than 15 hectares at Lenswood.

“He has been recognised with the Australian Farmer of the Year and Horticulture Grower of the Year awards for his innovative growing practices which make the most of his limited access to water,” he said.

“Robert has also been a driving force behind the introduction of a new apple variety – Rockit – persuading a group of Adelaide Hills growers to try the variety.

“Jack – the vice-president of Livestock South Australia – is a fifth generation farmer who has taken a scientific approach to managing his livestock, which has significantly reduced calf mortality rates.

“I congratulate both Robert and Jack for their great achievement and their on-going commitment to agriculture and horticulture in South Australia.”

Source: Australia and Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell


Musos entertain protesters against unconventional mining

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattle rangenow

 Fracking is on many peoples lips these day, since with the prospect of unconventional  mining in the South East becoming a possibility.  Information meetings have been held around the region in most communities. This article came across my desk today and I thought I’d pass it on to you. Musos including Dan Sultan (pictured) arrived to entertain protesters today.

It was first reported on Echonet daily.

Echonet Daily


Like a scene from a spy movie, seven cars pulled up at a guarded gate on Saturday afternoon, but instead of black suited secret agents, some of the north coast’s highest profile musos stepped out to surprise and support protectors at the Bentley Blockade which has now had people locked-on for six weeks.

Nick Hanlon and Amanda Shoebridge from Aussies Against Fracking organised the northern rivers super group that included Ash Grunwald, Kram from Spiderbait, Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale, Scott Owen from The Living End, Pete Murray and free surfer and percussionist Dave Rastovich, to perform a spontaneous gig for the Bentley protectors, some of whom haven’t left the site since the vigil began almost three months ago.

‘The visit promoted the lively cultural centre at the Bentley blockade and camp’, said Ms Hanlon. ‘It was also intended to counter claims made by gas mining company Metgasco’s CEO, Peter Henderson, that only hard-line professional activists are present at the blockade site.’

The musicians were visibly moved by the people at Bentley and the determination of the protectors. They were generous with their time and energy, playing for an hour then staying around for photos and autographs.

'I take my hat off to you', Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale gives his support to the Bentley Protector

‘I take my hat off to you’, Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale gives his support to the Bentley Protectors.

Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale electrified the crowd before picking up his guitar with his message of support. ‘Nobody here is here for money’, he said. ‘Keep fighting. I take my hat off to you.’

Ms Hanlon says that entertainers from around the country and the world are starting to visit Bentley. ‘This is where the future of unconventional gas extraction in Australia may well be decided’, she said.

‘The general consensus is that if it cannot be stopped in Bentley, it cannot be stopped anywhere. More than half of the landmass of Australia is covered by coal and gas licences or applications.

‘As well as contributing to the protection of the area’s land and water, protectors may at any time be entertained by visiting performers’, she said with a hint of further pop-up appearances.

‘The protectors have vowed to stay as long as it takes to safeguard this valuable agricultural land from a toxic legacy – an unnecessary legacy when there are renewable energy alternatives available.’

The post Musos pop-up at Bentley Blockade appeared first on Coal Seam Gas Australia.

Travellers warned of job scam

by S Lowe 5THE FMnewsonline wattlerangenow
Travellers on working holidays to Australia are being warned of fraudulent job advertisements in recent months claiming to offer vineyard work in Penola.
A number of offences have been reported to Penola Police where people have responded to advertisements in Melbourne, and been required to send money in advance for uniforms.
When the would-be workers have arrived in Penola there have been no uniforms and no jobs.
Victoria Police have arrested one man and charged him with six counts of deception.
South Australia Police would like to remind the wider community that scams target a wide range of people in differing ways.
For more information about scams, or to report one, please check out the SCAMwatch website at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au
SCAMwatch’s Golden Rules to avoid being scammed:
• If it looks too good to be true – it probably is.
• ALWAYS get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.
• Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers.
• Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.
• You can contact your local office of fair trading, ASIC or the ACCC for assistance.
• NEVER send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
• Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank.
• Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.
Please share this information with anyone you know who might be at risk

Source: Premiers Dept