AN ALBURY manufacturer plans a future free of power bills after an off-grid solar system with 150 roof panels took effect on Thursday.
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CHECKING IT OUT: Bourgault Australia managing director Denis Dorval with Energis commercial energy consultant Jake Bruce and installer Dai Jenkins.

Thecommercial projectmeansthe company is nowself-sufficient for its energy requirements.

SPACE FOR MORE: Some of the 150 solar panels, each of them 260 watts, on the roof of Bourgault’s main building. They use about 15 per cent of the available area.

Bourgault Australia’s operations at Ettamogah had been running off a diesel generator since the farm machinery specialist opened its temporary shedtwo-and-a-half years ago.

Managing director Denis Dorval said attempts to connect to the grid became complicated and it appeared the power lines would need to go underground, at considerable expense.

STREAMLINED: The off-grid solar system requires little floor space.

“And Jake just happened to stopin here as a cold sales call at just the right time,” Mr Dorval said.

Energis commercial energy consultant Jake Bruceand electrician Dai Jenkins, an Energis installer, put the systemintoBourgault’s newly builtmain building this week.

Mr Dorval said the generator had served its purposebut was only ever short-term, given the bigger building and energy demands such ascranes to be installed and air conditioning.

“We were going through about 2500 litres of fuel every six or seven weeks,” he said.

“It was probably $1200, $1300 a month, I suppose; it will be reduced to probably $130 a month if that.”

Mr Bruce said the system, the first he hadinstalled forEnergis on the Border, includedthe 260-watt panels, 40 large batteries that hold two days’ power and a back-up generator.

“Being so new, we just needed to take our time and make sure we got it all right,” he said.

Mr Dorval said improvements in technology meantthe installation required onlywall space and about two square metres of floor for the battery box.

“The older solar systems that we used to see, they had massive, just about separate, sheds to store batteries and components.

“Power bills never go down, theykeep going up and up;this (system) isn’t going to change, the sun’s going to keep shining.

“We have lots of roof and we can add a lot of panels;we’re not married to the system as it is, it can be expanded upon quite easily.”

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Insurers change name


NAME GAME: MIIC Financial Planning Manager Jim Wirth with employees Kerry Mitchell and Tracey Kitson. Photo: supplied A local company is undergoing a name changeafter almost 40 years in the city.
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Mount Isa Insurance Consultants will now be known as MIIC Financial Planning, after the business was sold to new manager Jim Wirth.

Mr Wirth said he had been working under Garry and Sandra Collins since 1997.

“Garry Collins and Sandra Collins, who happen to be my in-laws, they’ve been in the business since 1977,” Mr Wirth said.

“Recently they’ve retired and I’ve taken the business over from them.”

Mr Wirth said it was essential that the business had a name that reflected the direction the company was moving in.

“We’ve always been called Mount Isa Insurance Consultants, and we’ve changed that to MIIC Financial Planning,” he said.

The change in name will also see a shift in service focus.

Mr Wirth said while the company will still deal in mining insurance, they will also be putting more time into superannuation and finance planning in both Mount Isa and surrounding towns.

“We go down to Cloncurry once a month, and we want people to recognise that we don’t just do mining insurance,” he said.

Previous owner Garry Collins said he left his job as a shift supervisor at the mines to start the business.

“At that time Mount Isa had 52 insurance consultants, and oddly enough people in the mining industry couldn’t get insurance,” Mr Collins said.

“When I left the mines and went to insurance school, I didn’t know at the time that miners couldn’t get insurance.

“When I found that out I spent about the next decade pushing the insurance companies into looking seriously at the mining industry.”

As for passing on the company, Mr Collins said Mr Wirth was always the obvious choice.

“Jimmy [Wirth] has been with me for 20 years, at the company, as an adviser, so he was always the heir apparent.”

The company will make the official switch to MIIC Financial Planning in the near future.

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Many readers will sympathise with the plight of Natasha Thomas who has lost her car through no fault of her own. A great many more will metaphorically grind their teeth in rage at our seeming powerlessness to stop the idiot behavior on our streets which leads to this kind of pointless destruction.Despite the xBox-derived delusions of invulnerability of the hoons, the very act of hooning often involves a loss of traction and hence control. The behavior, as the police wearily repeat, is inherently dangerous and while yesterday it was only a car lost it could easily have been a limb or a life.
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If the buffoons who have a puerile fixation with erasing rubber on asphalt want to do so on distant country lanesthen at least they disturb few. When something goes wrong, as it invariably does, they will hopefully kill none but the culpable. Those who have their sleep regularly disturbed by the midnight squeal will not lose any more sleep over it, no matter how many online posts lament “a beautiful life cut short”. But as Ms Thomas’s incidentproves the damage done is never solely their own and they cravenly flee the moment there is any hint of answering for their “fun”.

To be realistic, it is simply impractical to consider police can preempt this kind of behavior and simply impossible that they will be patrolling every street at every hour. The need for residents to have factual evidence including number plates is also problematic when getting details like this late at night with cars spinning about is no simple task. Ten years on from the introduction of tough legislation on hoons we do know that it has not eradicated the behavior. The initial delight of authority in impoundingand even crushing hoons cars caught in the act loses its sting when the cars are so worthless that the drivers care little if they lose them. Even when these youths are caught they rarely have the means to make restitution and despite the dreary excuses of underpaid lawyers their remorse is paper thin and their bovine proclivity is to simple do it all again.

But residents need to reclaim their own streets. Detection and punishment must play a part in deterring individuals so a combined and coordinated response from the community, crime stoppers and police is vital. Perhaps equally important for every parent who rears these dopes is a cultural change;countering the sense of entitlement which through boredom and misplaced machismo leads to this abuse and carelessness. Stemming the “fun” may prevent a tragedy.

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Kuro Kin Wagyu property purchased


THE Bishop family’s Kuro Kin Wagyu property at Bunnan in the Upper Hunter has been acquired by the Chinese owners of‘Glenrock Station’ near Scone.
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Making an impact in the region, the buyers are one of China’s largest supermarket and department store retailers.

Dashang Group’s Australian operations are conducted through its entity – Australia Aulong Auniu Wang Pty Ltd (AAAW).

Stud cattle and quality beef has been produced by the Bishop family in the area since 1906. The original property‘Wootton’ was purchased from James Brindley Bettington as part of Terragong.

For many years, the property was home to the Wootton Poll Hereford stud founded by the late Bill Bishop senior.

Wagyu cattle were introduced 20 years ago, and‘Kuro Kin Wagyu’ then became a major contributor to the Wagyu beef industry both domestically and internationally.

INVESTMENT: Peter Bishop with AAAW general manager Michael Wang and Jenny Wang at the Kuro Kin Wagyu property near Bunnan on Thursday.

“We are pleased to announce AAAW has acquired Kuro Kin Wagyu, along with all of its corresponding assets,” Peter Bishop said.

“The Wagyu herd on Kuro Kin has been developed over 20 years and represents some of the best performing genetics available outside Japan to date.

“The management and running of KKW will remain under the same family structure along with its loyal and competent staff.

“AAAW’s acquisition of Kuro Kin Wagyu is clear confirmation of the excellent position Wagyu and the generalbeef industry is in at the moment in Australia.

“This investment will help boost the growth of our industry andstimulate further investment that will drive the Australian economy, which will create jobs and opportunities in the process.”

The construction of the portfolio has several aims:

POSITIVE: Peter Bishop says Wagyu, and the Australian beef industry in general, is in an excellent position.

– To establish important supply lines of high-quality Australian beef.

– In a country where providence and food security is the number one priority for the consumer, AAAW aims to establish a fully integrated beef supply network in Australia.

This will enable a traceable, clean and green Australian product to be delivered to discerning markets both domestically and overseas.

– AAAW aims to produce Angus cattle for the live export trade into China, along with a high quality Wagyu F1 boxed beef trade. Kuro Kin Wagyu genetics will allow AAAW to have a point of difference when it comes to providing the market with high-end Wagyu beef.

– AAAW’s competitive advantage is its sales distribution network–which no other Chinese company is currently investing in Australia. There are about 300 supermarkets across China with a mature and local customer base.

– AAAW and KKW propose to develop relationships with current and future clients in order to contribute to the supply component of the business.

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DOMINANT: Flash Fibian, with Tye Angland in the saddle, races away to win the Harrison’s Joinery 2YO Handicap (1200m). Picture: Les SmithTHE $50,000 Inglis bonus went off as Flash Fibian claimed a popular victory in the two-year-old feature at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday.
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The late Bede Murray dominated the two-year-old race in recent years so it was only fitting that his son Paul prepared Flash Fibian ($3.80) to win the Harrison’s Joinery 2016 Inglis Bonus 2YO Handcap (1200m).

Flash Fibian, runner up in the Black Opal Stakes at Canberra, made light work of his 61 kilograms to post a dominant 1¾length victory.

Given he was purchased at an Inglis sale, not only did Flash Fibian pick up the$11,360 first-place cheque but also won his connections the $50,000 Inglis bonus.

Paul Murray was pleased to see Flash Fibian get the job done.

“It was a really good win,” Murray said.

“He will go for a spell now, he’s done a great job.

“He will come back for the three-year-old races.”

The Murray stable has now claimed the Inglis bonus three times in the past four years, after Chosen Song (2013) and Sure And Fast (2014) won the race in previous years.

Murray brought two two-year-olds to Wagga for the race and grabbed first and third, with Can’t Find Snippy ($8.00) grabbing the minor placing.

Ever-consistent Queanbeyan two-year-old No When To Hold Em ($13.00) split the pair to finish second.

Bede Murray trained Flash Fibian up until his passing and it was his last runner when second in the Black Opal at Canberra.

Paul recalled how his dad always had a lot of time for the horse.

“He really liked him. We picked him out of the paddock as a yearling at Stuart Lamont’s when we were down here one year,” Paul said.

“So it’s really good to win this race.”

Stuart Lamont’s Kooringal Stud remained in the ownership and the MTC president was on hand to enjoy the victory.

Lamont brought the mare, Langfibian, in foal and bred the son of Ready’s Image.

Murray believes he will return a better three-year-old.

“He will come back and make a better three-year-old,” he said.

“He’s city class and will get a bit further.”

Tye Angland guided Flash Fibian to victory and it was the second leg of a winning double on Town Plate day.

Angland was impressed by the performance.

“It was a big win with that sort of weight,” Angland said.

“Everything went perfect. He jumped well, got in a great spot and let down well.”

The Murray stable almost grabbed the following race on Town Plate day when Onemore Bopa ($4.60) was edged out when second in the Hillis Motor Group Benchmark 65 Handicap (1600m) behind Croix De Vie ($17.00).

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WOMEN at higher risk of developing breast cancer who are prescribed the drug Tamoxifen are now able to access the drug under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
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Orange oncologist Dr Peter Fox says although the drug has been available for several years and is widely prescribed for women diagnosed with breast cancer, the availability of the drug for women at higher risk of developing breast cancer is a new and welcome initiative by the government.

Retired breast cancer surgeon Dr Stuart Porges said he was pleased to learn the federal government had approved the drug’s placement on the PBS for women who showed a predisposition to developing cancer, and the drug would be cheaper.

“It is a very simple and effective drug with very few side-effects for women who are oestrogen receptor positive,” he said.

Dr Porges had several patients who were involved in trials to determine the effectiveness of Tamoxifen five and even 10 years on from surgery and other cancer treatments.

“This has been a fantastic drug for so many patients over the years,” he said.

The drug’s placement on the PBS follows a trial by the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group.

Director of research Professor John Forbes AM said the announcement was further recognition of the importance of breast cancer clinical trials research.

“Approximately 16,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year and one in eight women will be diagnosed by the time they turn 85,” he said.

“Many patients from the Central West have benefited from Tamoxifen and will continue to do so,” Dr Fox said.

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THE RETURN: Scott Bevan had one of the most prestigious gigs in journalism, but he is now pursuing other interests including music. The star catches up with former ABC journalist, musician and Novocastrian Scott BevanYou have left one of the best journalism gigs in the country at the ABC, what role did your love of music play in that decision?Like a lot of blokes, when I was approaching 50, I thought about not what I have done, but what I haven’t done or should have done. One recurring thought was that I had wandered away from music.
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So I gave myself a 50th birthday present: I recorded my solo EP. The experience also fuelled my desire to explore new opportunities. I didn’t leave my job to pursue music; I left to embrace my life more fully. And music is an integral part of my life.

What musicians inspire you?I’ve had the great fortune to play with some inspiring musicians. Steve Morton, Peter Pihlak, and John Foreman, all dear mates who play on My Old Self, are not only brilliant at what they do but are a hoot to be with.

And I continue to listen to, and love, the musicians who inspired me to pick up an instrument and express myself when I was a teenager: David Bowie, Sting, U2, and Kevin Stanton and Murray Burns from Mi-Sex.

You have released an EP to coincide with turning 50, what terrain does the recording cover?Well, it’s not the soft undulations of middle-age, I hope! The EP has five of my songs. They cover the terrain I’ve always enjoyed walking – rock – and they celebrate my love of 1970s and 80s music, with big arrangements and bigger choruses.

The project was a slow-burn and began in Newcastle, can you tell me about that?The EP was recorded in Sydney, but Newcastle flows through these songs. I’m a Newcastle boy. I fell hopelessly in love with rock music when I heard Mi-Sex open for Cheap Trick at the Civic Theatre in 1979.

I played in Newcastle bands, developing my musicianship and some lifelong friends, and learnt from terrific musos such as Mark Hope, Grant Walmsley and Dennis Butler. And now, with this EP, I’ve recorded with mates who I played with in Newcastle, and the CD cover features a fantastic photo of Newcastle Ocean Baths, taken by another friend, Mark Tedeschi. Mark’s a Sydneysider – but he probably wishes he was a Novocastrian.

What’s next for Scott Bevan the journalist?I don’t know, in short. I will continue to be as I’ve always been, someone who tells stories and sometimes that involves music. I don’t think too much about ‘what’s next’. It’s a terrible approach for career advancement, but it’s a pretty good way to live.

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Next gig: Royal Exchange, Bolton Street, Newcastle, on June 17.

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Desperate for carers


HELPING HAND: Volunteers for Palliative Care Kate Punch, Gwen Teasdale and Virginia Milne. Picture: MARINA NEILMaitland’s Volunteers for Palliative Care is in desperate need of help.
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Operating for almost 26 years the NSW Health funded organisation is short on volunteers and desperately needs more helpers to care for the 20 patients the organisation has on its books.

Volunteers are needed to provide transport for patients, help them attend treatments and medical appointments, provide home respite or companionship or to visit patients in hospital.

Those interested are put through a training course and commitment in time is established on an individual basis at the time of their training.

The organisation’s coordinator Judith Robinson said it takes a special kind of person to carry out this work.

“They have to be non-judgmental, patient and a very good listener,” Ms Robinson said.

The group currently has 25 volunteers but needs many more.

“It’s better to have a pool of volunteers who are ready so we cantap into them straight away when the need arises.”

She said there is usually a natural attrition rate with volunteers as some have to bow out with family commitments, going back to work or becoming carers themselves for a family member.

All volunteers will have a criminal check carried out. They will also be put through a training program. On completion they will be “buddied up” with a patient and then start.

“We connect the volunteers with families and make sure they are a good fit,” Ms Robinson said.

Ms Robinson said there can be some fears and misunderstandings about what palliative care means.

“We discuss this thoroughly withvolunteers and talk about all their fears. It’s a wonderful training program and it’s essential,” she said.

“Predominantly most of the work ourvolunteers do are in patients’ homes.This work is not aboutsitting with someone who is dying, it’s about supporting someone to the end of the life. They have dreams, wishes and desires and we are there to listen to them.”

Anyone interested in helping the organisation shouldcall 49366582.

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Kate Perry in the yellow jersey on the final day of the tour. Picture: Cycling AustraliaWagga cyclist Sophie Mackay played the support role for Specialized Women’s Racing teammate Kate Perry who won the Mersey Valley Tour on the weekend.
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Perry won by six seconds to take the lead in the Subaru National Road Series after the third event for the season.

Mackay and two of her teammates worked to catch the lead pack and ensure Perry was well-positioned for the hill climb.

“Kate’s a particularly good climber,” Mackay said.

The girls closed a 58-second gap in the space of 10km before a decisive climb, where Perry overtook the leader to snare the yellow jersey on Saturday.

“We allowed Kate to draft behind us andshe was able to conserve energy for the hill,” Mackay said.

“On the third day it was just a matter of holding onto the yellow jersey.”

The rain in Tasmania was continuous and torrential, and despite competing in the most arduous conditions of her career, Mackay had the time of her life.

“Iquite enjoyed the challenge of the weather,” she said.

“It’s a particularly tough course; amentalchallenge.”

Next on the agenda, Mackay will compete in a couple of local events including the Geoff Dixon Memorial and the Cootamundra Haycarters classic and recovery races.

She looks forward to a national series race in June.

“The Battle on the Border ismore suited to me,” she said.

“There aremore sprint finishes.”

She’s in good form,and gaining momentum on the road thanks tocontinuedtraining.

“I’m really enjoying getting on the bike every day; Ifeel energetic,” Mackay said.

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The prawn arrabiata had a spicy kick (left) and former West Coast player Todd Breman tucks into a massive hellfire parmigiana. Photo: Karl Langdon The outdoor section at The High Wycombe Tavern.
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When former Eagles sharp shooter and respected football caller Karl Langdon says something has a “beautiful kick” you tend to tune in to what he is saying.

But this time Langdon isn’t talking about an AFL player, but the dish he had at the High Wycombe Tavern, as part of Radio 6PR’s “Pub of the Week”.

Langdon said even though the menu offered up a vast and varied selection of modern Australian contemporary fare, he couldn’t look past the prawn arrabiata pasta ($21.50).

The dish is infused with coriander, garlic chilli and onion.

“It had a beautiful kick to it,” he told WAtoday. “Not too overpowering for those that don’t like spicy food, but I do love my spicy food, so for me the spicier the better.

“It had nice big prawns, lovely texture…a pretty good dish.”

Langdon said former West Coast and Subiaco teammate Todd Breman tucked into the hellfire parmigiana ($25).

“My premiership teammate is a good eater –  he’s a fireman and he’s on holidays at the moment,” Landgon laughed.

“The chicken was nice and moist and thick and then the topping was something that he hadn’t had before.

“It was a different style of parmigiana then he had every experienced.

“The sauce on the top had jalapenos and it had some diced up chicken….it was really interesting.”

Langdon said while the wine list was limited, the tavern boasts 19 different varieties of local, imported and craft beers on tap.

And the ex-Eagles star knows a thing or two about beers, having run the Blue Note Tavern and the Wembley Hotel.

“The Squires Golden Ale pint was $9.50 a pint and I’ve had it up to $11.50, so that was good value,” he said.

“The good part was the lines were clear, because the Golden Ale had a crisp flavour which a beer should have. If you have dirty lines in a pub then beer won’t taste anywhere near as nice.”

Langdon said in the end, the tavern experience was “outstanding”.

“This place had full table service so they are bringing food and drink to your table and you can set up a tab,” he said.

“You can then sit and enjoy your company and chat without having to go backwards and forwards to a bar or a server to order your food or drink.

“The wine list was the only thing I could mark them down on compared to some of the other pubs I’ve visited over the time. But really there is nothing wrong with the place.”

The Langdon verdict: 9.5/10. The High Wycombe Tavern 530 Kalamunda Road, High Wycombe.Phone: 9454 2236

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