Butcher in field of his own

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REGULAR EXHIBITOR: Colin Butcher has been at every Eyre Peninsula Field Days since the event’s inception in the 1970’s.

Noteveryone can say they have exhibited at every Eyre Peninsula Field Days since the event’s inception, but Colin Butcher certainly can.

He and his wife Lorraine have operated Eastern Eyre Machinery since 1992, but his interest and involvement in the farm machinery industry stretches back to 1958.

The Cleve-based business specialises in tillage and seeding machinery, and imports Versatile (Ezee-On) cultivators, airseeders and offset discs, and carries spare parts for the full range, which they are happy to send practically anywhere in Australia.

“We are also agents for other tillage products – Horwood Bagshaw, John Shearer, Kuhn and K-Hart,” Mr Butcher said.

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GraincorpAerotechEl-Gra EngineeringPrecision ShedsPeter TreloarHeathy’s Rock Solid ContractingThe Water Tank Cleaning CoSmith andGeorgMogas RegionalHi-tech Ag SolutionsMr Butcher said at Eastern Eyre Machinery, the customer came first.

“We have an extensive range but if there is something you want we don’t have, we can order it in for you,” he said.

“Some of my favourite feedback is from companies who’ve found it hard to get parts for machines that are more than 10 years old.

“Well, we often have stuff right here on the shelves for machines that are over 40 years old.”

Eyre Peninsula is ‘home’ for Mr Butcher, wholooksforward to the biennialfield days when they rolled around.

He said the event provided a platform for him tocatch up with people from across the region, the State, and further afield.

“The field days are good for the town, they bring people here and support other surrounding towns when visitors spend on fuel and accommodation, for example,” he said.

“While you probably won’t get someone buy a $500,000 piece of machinery on the spot, they have the chance to make contact and follow up if they like what they see.”

Mr Butcher encouraged visitors to ask about this year’s show specials and to visit the company’s stand to see a unique piece of machinery.

“We’ll be bringing the new Versatile ML 950 drill, the only one in Australia, plus a Kuhn Mouldboard Plough and a new K-Hart disc seeder,” he said.

Drop in and see whatMr Butcher has on offer at the field days and ask him about how the event hasprogressedacross the decades.

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Welcome to EP Field Days

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Committee: Back row- R Elson, E Elleway, L Zacher, K Elson, G Bammann, and R Grosser. Middle row – R Marino, M Johnson, E Schumann, J Crosby, and K Wedding. Front row – J Giersch, R Crosby, and R Kelly, A Price.

ONBehalfof the 2016 Eyre Peninsula Field Days committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all exhibitors and visitors.

The field days are an important occasion from both a business and social perspective.

The event brings together all types of machinery, large and small, and gives farmers the opportunity to compare, talk to dealers, air their frustrations, socialise with like-minded people and catch up withfriends.

Under no circumstances can farmers give up improving their farming methods.

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GraincorpAerotechEl-Gra EngineeringPrecision ShedsPeter TreloarHeathy’s Rock Solid ContractingThe Water Tank Cleaning CoSmith andGeorgMogas RegionalHi-tech Ag SolutionsHe or she must always be on the lookout for ideas to increase production and tocomplete tasks easier and quicker so that at the end of the year they can keep ahead of thecost of inputs.

And what better place to do this than at the 2016 Eyre Peninsula Field Days, where you will find a wealth of information.

Let us help plan your day.

Starting with education, schools and colleges from the Eyre Peninsula and further afield will showcase their various programs in the Randbuild shed.

Once you have seen what is on offer when it comes to education, why not educate yourself by exploring the range of banks and their products, grain buyers, and financial and rural advisers, along with a selection of legal experts.

Worked up an appetite? Don’t fret – a wide variety of refreshments will be available, with something to suit every taste.

After lunch, it’s time to check out the tractors in every size, shape and colour, then visit the feed trial plots on the western side of thesite. Have a chat to any one of the grain and seed specialists, and check out the large range of trucks and trailers to deliver your grain during harvest, and the variety of grain handling solutions.

Maybe you don’t want to think about work all day, so why not check out the large range of boats, caravans and cars on display and even plan a trip away.

Do you have lots of odd jobs, but you don’t have the tools? Well there are plenty to choose from with many dealers and suppliers on hand to give you the advice you need.

Need a rest? Pull up a pew at one of the entertainment shows, which range from cooking demos in the TafeSA marquee to the Artyculture parade and guest speakers in the EPFD Pavilion.

The little ones are not forgotten, with Old MacDonald’s Farm and Lil’ Gym providing hours of entertainment for all.

So come along and spend the day (or two) at this year’s Eyre Peninsula Field Days.

Last, but most definitely not least, a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have put in countless hours to get this massive event ready for you all to enjoy.

Rex Crosby

Eyre Peninsula Field Days Committee President

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FLEET: Aerotech’s fixed-wing aircraft provide aerial support for crop spraying, fire management, oil spill management and aircraft maintenance.

Aerotech is a diversified aviation business which wasestablished in the State’s South East almost 50 years ago.

Startingout with just one aircraft in Tintinara, the service providedaerial support for farmers in broadacre cropping.

Now the company has extended their offerings, withafleet of17 fixed-wing aircraft and fourHelicoptersand50 South Australian employees.

The fixed-wing aircraft provide aerial support for crop spraying, fire management, oil spill management and aircraft maintenance, whileAerotech helicopters specialise in providing fire management, controlled burning, film and television, off shore orover water operations, external load for construction and exploration as well as executive charter.

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GraincorpAerotechEl-Gra EngineeringPrecision ShedsPeter TreloarHeathy’s Rock Solid ContractingThe Water Tank Cleaning CoSmith andGeorgMogas RegionalHi-tech Ag SolutionsAerotech is the State’slargestprivately-owned aviation business, and prides itself on quality service.

Agriculture is still at the heart of thebusiness, and multipleregional bases allow it tocover 90 per centof SA’s cropping country.

Aerotech utilise mainly Air Tractor 802s – the world’s largest agriculture aircraft.

The AT-802 provides great coverage, with variable water rates to meet whatever demands farmers have.

And, with some advanced warning, theycan cover off the work quickly,with one aircraft covering 1000 to 1500 hectares per day.

Details: To learn more, callMick Howell:0429 842 093.

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Offering a rock solid service

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MORE TO OFFER: Rocksolid Contractors’ sister company, Precision Sheds EP, are the local agent for OLYMPIC sheds, fencing, carports and industrial buildings.

Theteam at Rocksolid Contractors have constructed all types of buildings across the Eyre Peninsula for more than a decade.

Their quality finish and professional attitude paired with diverse skills and equipment make doing business with them a choice second-to-none.

The companybuilds new, restores and renovates old, adds on and creates top-quality entertaining areas.

Theyare also qualified to undertake residential, commercial and industrial works.

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GraincorpAerotechEl-Gra EngineeringPrecision ShedsPeter TreloarHeathy’sRock Solid ContractingThe Water Tank Cleaning CoSmith andGeorgMogas RegionalHi-tech Ag SolutionsRocksolid are a one-stop construction company,completingtheir own civil works, including excavations, earthmoving, drainage and pad levelling.

Rocksolid Contractors also have a highly-experienced team for any roofreplacements,boasting an impressive 100-plusnew roofs in the past threeyears.

Rocksolid employs 10 locals,plus a range of sub-contractors andhavetrained fiveapprentices in the past sevenyears.

Creating opportunity for employee growth is a strong focus of the company.

Remember:if you want itbuilt right, build it Rocksolid.

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Student living a dream

SINGING SENSATION: Oxley High’s Geordie Brown will be a featured performer at this year’s Schools Spectacular. Photo: Barry Smith 290716BSE06THREE high school students from across the region are set to play a starring role in this year’s Schools Spectacular.It promises to be the biggest yet and this year’s theme of Dream Big certainly applies to the students announced this month as feature artists.
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The local headliners include Inverell High’s Ashleigh Campbell (featured vocalist), Guyra Central School’s Savannah Roberts (featured dancer) and Geordie Brown (core choir), from Oxley High.

Geordie was thrilled to get through the gruelling audition process earlier this year and is now hard at work with rehearsals, having to fly to Sydney regularly and spending even more hours on his own practice.He’ll need to be at his best, too, because the 30-member core choir is on stage for the whole of the show.

He’s no stranger to live performance though, being an active member of the Tamworth Musical Society and playing several key parts in the group’s most recent show, Mary Poppins, which played to packed houses every night.

A role in the Schools Spectacular is another means of furthering his post-school dreams.

“I’m interested in a career in musical theatre or movies professionally and I see this as another step to getting closer to that goal,” the Year 11 student said.

Ashleigh and Savannah are similarly excited.Ashleigh was a member of the core choir last year and is thrilled that in her final year of school she’ll get the chance as a featured vocalist.

“I just think it is an absolutely incredible experience, especially for country kids to come and be involved in such a spectacular production – it’s just amazing,” she said.

Savannah is only in Year 9, but is making the most of her talents, with her featured dancer role in the Spectacular, coming on top of selection onto the State Schools Ballet Ensemble.

“Being selected means a great deal to me because it is such a wonderful opportunity for somebody from a small rural community,” she said.

The massive event will take place on November 25 and 26, this year at its new home at QUDOS Bank Arena.

Roads listed as a priority

File photo. A number of roads in the Coorong District Council area have been identified as priority roads to be either sealed or re-sheeted during the 2016/17 year.
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20 dirt roads, equating to more than 47 kilometres,have been listed to be re-sheeted, while 11 roads have been selected as a priority for resealing.

Coorong District Council Cheif Executive Officer Vincent Cammell said these roads wereprioritisedas a result of the detailed asset management planning process that the council undertakes.

“The overall asset management process is designed to maximise road life by ensuring the optimal intervention by higher level works as opposed to ongoing maintenance activities – in the longer term this will enable us to maintain our road network to a higher standard,” he said.

It is estimated that more than $1.05 million will be spent on the resealing of bitumen roads as allocated in the 2016/17 Annual Business Plan.

The identified roads include Naurrung Road and the intersection of Matson Street and Bonney Street in Meningie and Sherlock’s Tynan Road.

Five roads in Tailem Bend were named on the list including Lime Kiln Road, Tiller Street, Mott Street, Hector Road and Moir Street.

While Woods Well Road, the intersection of Helling Street and Long Street as well as Carcuma Road in Tintinara will also be sealed and re-sealed.

About $1.07 million has been allocated to the re-sheeting of dirt roads within the council’s boundaries.

The following unsealed roads have been identified as a priority for the re-sheeting program;

Yumali Road,Yarindale Road,Homestead Road,Heym Road,Nine Mile Road,Field Road,Gordon Road,Bennier Road,Krueger Road,Lymn Road,Railz Road,Heinrich Road,Heron Road,Two Wells Road,Taunta Road,Deepwater Road,Pink Road,Seven Mile Road,Block K Road andDadd Road.

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Ballarat Night Network trial extended

BALLARAT’S Night Network bus trial has been extended for a further six months.
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Theextension will see late night services continue to run until at least June next year, allowing for data to be collected over an expected busy spring and summer period.

The servicecurrently provides a coach from Melbourne to Ballarat and Wendouree at 2:10am on Saturday and Sunday.

The extension will allow Ballarat commuters the luxury of attending events such asthe Australian Open, Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Melbourne Comedy Festival with the knowledge they will be able to use late night public transport to get home.

It will also ensure public transport is on offer for the start of next year’s footy season

Average attendances for Ballarat buses over the first six months saw an average of 52 patrons board the service from Southern Cross each weekend.

The concept received a lukewarm reception, with Public Transport Victoria data showing showing only69 patrons caught the V/Line coach servicesfrom Southern Cross to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Traralgon during the first week of trialing in January.

However, it has sincegained popularity.

“The six-month extension will give us a chance to properly assess the trial over a full year, and give certainty to event organisers and passengers in Ballarat the lead up to the new year,” Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said.

Buninyong MP Geoff Howard welcomed the extension.

“Ballarat residents can enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer, and know they can still get home safely,” he said.

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1000s ride at North Star

The Editor, and a photographer, from Australasian Dirt Bike magazine made the journey from Sydney, to see what we get up to, in the bush on our Dirt Bikes.
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They were impressed with the tracks, and organisation of the event, with over 120 people from North Star and surrounding towns all helping run the event. Riders travelled from Melbourne to MacKay, and everywhere in between.

Sixteen volunteer groups, including School P&Cs, Rural Fire services, Service Clubs, and other sporting clubs all downed tools, and helped to run a very successful event, all of these groups will receive a donation for the services.

Special mention to the Croppa Creek Crows, for their very professional recovery operation, also to St Johns New England, and NSW Ambulance for attending to any injuries promptly.

We had a few injuries and broken bikes, but were able to have help, to those needing it very quickly, considering around 300,000 bike kilometres were travelled, the injury toll was very low.

The highlights were the Mt Mitchell hill climbs, The Enchanted Forest, and the Quarries.

For some reason dirt bike riders get a thrill out of riding their bikes up impossibly steep hills, hideously tangle scrub, and rocky tracks, especially when there is a camera pointed in their direction.

A lot of kids were riding all of the trails, accompanied by their parents, giving them a taste of trail riding with the big kids.

Visitors, without a bike, could get a birds eye view, from one of the Goondiwindi Helicopters, try their luck on the mechanical bucking bull on Saturday night, and buy a raffle ticket in some riding gear, or a week’s holiday at the Breakers Resort, on the Gold Coast, which was won by Kylie Newcomen, from Garah.

The Honda CRF 50, donated by Thomas Lee motorcycles was won by Harry Coleman, from Rowena.

Just got to duck up to Warialda, to do an interview with Prime TV – is a hard life, being the media person,just got to go and load up the crappers, before I go, just to bring me plummeting back to reality, but then I would rather be Kenny, than Kerry Packer.

NOTE: VideographerHamish Siddins from Squarefish who created a 2011 video for the ride, was also on hand this year. He isworking on a new piece to highlight the 2016 event,and Wayne Pratt from Wayne Pratt Photography is also working on images as well.

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Aussie Helpers extends a helping hand

SUPPORT: Aussie Helpers founder Brian Egan with Ridley’s territory manager Tim Dobson. Picture: supplied.Relief organisation Aussie Helpers has begun on-the-ground “cold calls” in Tasmania to assist farmers to recover from the shock milk price cuts and floods.
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Aussie Helpers was founded 15 years ago by Queensland’s 2008 Senior Citizen of the Year Brian Egan to help “keep the bush alive” and “keep farmers on the farm” despite industry downturn and freak weather events.

The organisation has been in Tasmania before, when it assisted with the response from the Dunalley bushfires in 2013 and about 10 years ago during a period of drought.

Mr Egan said the company worked on the generous donation of corporate partnerships and local donations of money and products such as fencing equipment and alternative fodder and feed.

Since arriving about three weeks ago, Tasmanian volunteers for Aussie Helpers have travelled in equipped vehicles with grocery supplies and things such as hay and fodder and “cold called” on farmers who may be in need.

“Everyone gets a visit, even if they don’t need our help, that’s the way we work,” Mr Egan said.

Farmers are unaware they are getting a visit from Aussie Helpers but in 15 years, Mr Egan said he’d never had anyone turn him away from a property.

“They need help, they need someone to talk to, and most of them just act surprised and shocked, they don’t think we are for real,” he said.

Every property gets a donation of groceries and “pamper packs” as a gesture of goodwill and then a discussion between Aussie Helpers and the farmer gets underway.

“They let us know what they need and we tell them how we can help.”

The organisation also has trained psychologists as volunteers able to assist with the mental health of farmers, that can be done face-to-face or via technology such as SMS or email.

The Tasmanian response is being coordinated by Latrobe farmer Jim Lucas, who was on his way to head to the mainland when the call came.

“I was going to head over to help with their drought response, but then the dairy price happened and then not long after the floods came through so I decided to stay here and coordinate this,” he said.

Mr Lucas said the Tasmanian response had so far focused on the Deloraine and Mole Creek areas but they were looking to expand the area further depending on the need.

Aussie Helpers is seeking support from businesses, such as Ridley, who recently donated a large amount of pellet feed for livestock.

Mr Egan said any donations from any business was always welcome but it helped farmers to get back on their feet.

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‘Eye health needs to be prioritised’

EXAMINATION: Dr Smita Agarwal urges Illawarra residents to get their eyes checked to prevent diseases such as glaucoma. PICTURE: Nicole Johnstone.
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Macular degenerationamong Illawarra residents is one of the biggest issues faced by Wollongong eye specialists, a local ophthalmologisthas revealed.

Wollongong Eye Specialist ophthalmologistDr Smita Agarwalsaid incidents of eye disease are high, particularly amongelderly residents.

Dr Agarwal said people aged 40 and over are encouraged to get their eyes checked regularly.

“I would encourage everyone to get their eyes checkedregularly,especially after 40 years of age,on atwo-yearly basis,” she said.

“People with a family history of macular degeneration, diabetes and glaucoma should get their eyes tested really early on. If they have any symptomsblurred vision, distortion, floaters orflashes they should get their eyes tested urgently.”

With75 per centof vision loss beingpreventable or treatable if detected early enough, Dr Agarwal is a supporter of the JulEYE campaign that aims to raise awareness about eye disease within the Illawarra.

“The Eye Surgeons Foundation organise the campaign,which was established in 2002,” Dr Agarwal said.

“It dedicates one month every year to raise awareness for eye health within the community to help find causes of diseases that are impactingAustralia and causing blindness and low vision.”

Having started her career in India, Dr Agarwal said Australia largely suffers from age-related diseases and urges residents to get their eyes checked regularly.

“India is a third-world country and we don’t see certain diseases over there as often,” she said.

“People don’t livethat long [to get] diseasessuch as macular degeneration.In India, we see moreinfections because of poorerhygiene, which causes a lot of blindness.

“I think because [the Illawarra]isan elderly population, we see a lot of aging diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.”

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