The most liveable suburbs in Sydney’s west

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Sydney’s most liveable areas are predominantly in the east but there are some western suburbs bucking the trend, a new study shows.

Parramatta’s emergence as Sydney’s second CBD has been a game changer for liveability in the western suburbs and its surrounding suburbs ranked relatively according to the Domain Liveable Sydney 2016 study, authored by Tract Consultants and Deloitte Access Economics.

The top ranking suburb in the west was Harris Park, which was the 63rd most liveable area, followed by Parramatta at 110 and Rosehill at 187.

The growing Parramatta hub has fostered cultural activities in the local area and introduced new restaurants and cafes, Western Sydney resident and executive officer for non-profit western Sydney research house WESTIR, Peter Rogers, said.

“It’s multicultural and there are real hidden gems in the west,” Mr Rogers said, noting the popular Parramasala festival and regular Riverside events.

“It’s a lost area for a great swathe of those in the city.

“Those in the east and inner west don’t realise all the exciting things happening in the west.”

These exciting things included the move of the Powerhouse into Parramatta, as well as the existing cultural activities.

Suburbs around Parramatta ranked highly in the study for culture, telecommunications, local employment, cafes, retail, restaurants, ferry access and education.

But notably, they fell short on harbour views, tree cover, crime, open space and congestion.

The train links allowing access into the CBD for commuters is also a big drawcard to the mid-west suburbs, Century 21 Community First principal Rafi Younes said.

“This all comes at an affordable price. If you wanted a property that was so central and accessible in areas such as Bondi, it would be much more expensive in price and in terms of the cost of living compared to Parramatta and Harris Park,” he said.

And this doesn’t come as a sacrifice to capital growth. A Harris Park family home Mr Younes sold in 2011 for $295,000 recently sold for about $600,000.

“I believe these areas will remain appealing due to this combination of lifestyle, ease of access and great value for money,” he said.

The emergence of more high-rise apartment developments in these areas, with 16 more projects on their way and about 40 lodged at council waiting for approval, will also change the area, Just Think Real Estate director Edwin Almeida said.

But he warned the construction of dual purpose development, with commercial on the ground floor and residential apartments above, could cause a vacancy issue and there was a concern about taking away “the carpark areas and tightening road parking in the streets up to North and West Parramatta residential area”. See how your region fares:City and EastUpper North ShoreInner WestNorthern Beaches

Further out west, Penrith secured a spot in the top 200 suburbs of the 555 on the list and is expected to rank more highly in future, Cohen Handler associate Felix Taing said.

“With major upgrades to Penrith Lake on the table – there’s currently a draft plan to fill up the old quarry – this will see new apartments pop up near the lake, fostering a new community.”

And across the entire western region, parklands and communal areas have been a focus in the past three to four years, he said.

“Prior to these changes, the standard of living in the western suburbs was not great – roads were not being fixed, and there were not enough community areas,” Mt Taing said.

“With the second airport slated for Badgerys Creek, we’ll soon see Penrith become another CBD, which means there’ll be a dramatic increase in price around the western and south-west suburbs.”

The one thing more important to unit buyers than location

Noise, not location, is now the most important factor for first home buyers looking at apartments, according to strata leaders.
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Loud parties, barking dogs, flushing toilets and excessively vocal “intimate time”, were named as the most complained about issues for strata residents by Queensland body corporate managers, Archers the Strata Professionals.

And now they are pushing the importance of strata noise awareness.

Archers partner Grant Mifsud said noise issues have become top priority for first-time apartment buyers.

“One of the most common issues we deal with is noise complaints, particularly from those living in inner-city hubs,” Mr Mifsud said.

“It’s essential to view the property at different times of day to detect common noises you wouldn’t typically hear upon first inspection.

“We’ve had people purchase an apartment above a railway, and then complain about the noise from the railway. It’s common to dismiss a noise after hearing it once, however when you hear it every day, multiple times, it’s a very different story.”

Now some inner city Brisbane first home buyers are choosing apartments based on noise levels – not location.

Eloise McNee, 24, is on the hunt for a Brisbane apartment, and said location was not a deciding factor.

“I have looked at close to 30 places and location definitely isn’t everything,” Ms McNee said.

“Things like noise and whether I can resell the property in five or 10 years is more important to me.”

She recently put an offer on a Gaythorne apartment after being deterred from other suburbs.

“The place I’ve put an offer on doesn’t have any noise and backs onto a creek,” she said.

Ms McNee said she was turned off another otherwise “lovely” property due to the road noise.

“Everything else was really good about the apartment, but the loud traffic was a deal breaker,” she said.

“I didn’t look at areas like West End because it’s so apartment heavy and it’s almost over-saturated. So, I looked an more established suburbs with less apartments .” Listening out for noise problems

Allen Wargent buyers’ agent Pete Wargent said unexpected noises comes “part and parcel” with high density living.

“Noise is an area that definitely needs key consideration when buying in strata complexes,” Mr Wargent said.

“One way to reduce chances of noise is to purchase a boutique apartment, where you would have less common walls than say in a high rise.”

He said independent research was vital.

“A sales agent isn’t going to highlight the downsides of the property, so doing your own research is important. That could be driving by on weekends to see the area’s nightlife, or if possible renting close by for six months prior to buying,” Mr Wargent said.

“But you can’t always know what neighbours you will get. And if you do end up having problems with noise, communication with the neighbours and awareness of strata rules is essential to getting by.”

Daniel Cohen, co-founder of new homeowner advocates group First Home Buyers Australia, said new property owners are becoming more aware of the areas they buy into.

“In the past buyers may have looked at a good location and assume it was the right area for them, but now they are more forward-thinking, looking at what the area will be like into the future,” Mr Cohen said.

Mr Cohen advises first home buyers to look closely at developing suburbs as a source of increased noise.

“As everyone knows, more construction means more noise, so it’s important to be aware of that if you buy into an early development where there is rezoning for more.

“And then when the development is finished, there will of course be more people, more traffic and generally busier.”

Postie Bike Nationals 2016

REVVED UP: Rutherford motorbike mechanic Ross Nearpass kicks up some dirt on his modified postie bike. Mr Nearpass will join hundreds of other fans of the cult-classic bike at the Postie Bike Nationals. Picture: PERRY DUFFINAside from fairy-bread, Vegemite and the hills-hoist, there are few objects that typify suburban Australia like the humble postie bike.
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Maitland will again host the World’sbiggest celebration of the iconic bike when hundreds of modified, customised and restored Honda CT110s roll into town for the Postie Bike Nationals from September 9 to 11.

Organiser Warrick Penfold founded Postie Bikes Australiaand held the first Nationalsin 2014.

“They’re the biggest selling motorbike in Australia in the last ten years and everybody, absolutely everybody in Australia knows what a postie bike is,” he said.

Since then, thanks in part to the cult-like popularityof the bike, a strong community of Hunter riders anda savvy social media presence, Mr Penfold has watched the gathering grow bigger every year.

The Postie Bike Nationals are back | PHOTOS Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Action from the heats of the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

The Cessnock City RSL Pipes and Drums Band perfromed at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

The grid girls at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Mark Bracks interviews the riders at the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Riders approach the start line of the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Large crowds turned out for the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Large crowds turned out for the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Tara Naysmith sang the national anthem before the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Tara Naysmith sang the national anthem before the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentators Zak Caban and Mark Bracks before the final of the Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Amy Watson, Courtney Stacey and Rebecca Stacey at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Katie Lanzafame, Jackie Lanzafame, Jenny Lanzafame, Craig Jones, Len Lanzafame and Jill Herbert at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Hayden Stafford, Caylan Law, Koa Payne, Archie Law, Hudson Law and Nate Payne Tara Naysmith at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Scott Jenkinson and Adam Edwards at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Claudia Dalton, Jennifer Cartwright and Demi Dalton at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix in Cessnock; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Mark Bracks and Scott Harris of Cessnock Mitsubishi at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentator Mark Bracks at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentator Mark Bracks and third place riders Justin Girotto and Richie Nowland at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentator Mark Bracks with second place rider Paul Caslick at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Commentator Mark Bracks and winners Marty McNamara and Luke Richards at the Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

The Cessnock Mitsubishi Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix presentation at Peden’s Hotel; November 1, 2015. Photo by Sage Swinton.

TweetFacebook Fanatics of the postie bike: Cessnock’s 2015 Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix Pictures: KRYSTAL SELLARS“Hand on heart, I reckon we’ll see more than 150 [riders] this year,” he said.

He’s already recieved entries from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and from across NSW.

But Mr Penfold said the event is more than just a gathering–it’s a series ofevents designed to test the might, skill and endurance of rider and machine.

“The whole weekend is a celebration of postie bikes,” he said.

It will start with a horsepower ‘shoot-out’, postie-bike cruises around the Hunter Valley, a wheelie competition, a show and shine, postie bike soccer, tech-talks, a 24-hour bike buildand a cook-off where riders must cook a meal using the engine of their bike.

“The guy who won it last year actually holds the record for going across Australia in fiveand-a-half days on a postie bike,” Mr Penfold said.

“He cooked a lamb spit-roast. I got second, prawns. It’s all just a bit of fun”

The Postie Bike Nationalsis largely designed for bike owners to enter and be a part of, though the general public will have a chance to peek inside the cult of the postie bike on Saturday afternoon.

For more information, updates and ticketsfollowPostie Bikes Australia Nationals 2016 on Facebook.

Having a blast at the Charters Towers Show | Photos

Charters Towers’ Kelly Jones and Joan Barrett from Sellheim with Nancy who won six ribbons at the show including Reserve Champion Harness Horse/Pony and the fully restored 1930s wagon that was used in the show.Visitors of all ages made a beeline for the 135th Charters Towers Show held from July 31 to August 2 to enjoy a great time outwith family and friends.
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The monster truck showcase, steel wall car stunt, chainsaw carving demonstration and Five Star Fireworks Spectacularall proved to be big hits with show-goers.

Having a blast at the Charters Towers Show | Photos Rides, showbags, sweet treats and all the other showtime delights kept kids and the young at heart entertained over the course of the event.

Julie Taylor from Burrum Heads and Lynn Klupfel from Tiaro kept their sister and Charters Towers mayor Liz Schmidt company during the show.

ATV enthusiast Corbyn Bujayer from Charters Towers was in his element ripping around the track while mum Tracey Nielsen watched on.

Creative chainsaw carver Matt George from Maleny was a hit with show visitors during his demonstrations. Mr George’s work can be seen all across the north at universities, war monuments and shows.

Katrina Alexander-Smith from KP Performance Horses Townsville on Majestic who won Reserve Champion Hunter Hack.

Charters Towers girls Billie Scott, Bronwyn Pedracini, Shannon Scott and Poppy Prichard having a ball at the show.

Cassandra and Bernadette Easton from Charters Towers inspect the caged birds exhibit. Bernadette later led the grand parade on Darma Acres Amaretto.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services volunteers Jordan Rafter, Alexia Langsdorf and Lachlan Niebling flying the flag for the organisation during the show.

Jenny and Graeme Fry from Brisbane had a great time catching up with Blackheath and Thornburgh College principal Nigel Fairbairn.

Charters Towers’ Kelly Jones and Joan Barrett from Sellheim with Nancy who won six ribbons at the show including Reserve Champion Harness Horse/Pony and the fully restored 1930s wagon that was used in the show.

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Ag’s export boom struggling against busy market rivals

A rush of beef and sheepmeat exports, coupled with drought in eastern Australia has left Australia’s livestock numbers depleted, restricting exporters’ chances of holding market share against stiffening competition in the coming years. Farm exports are growing in value by a respectable 5.2 per cent annually as Australian suppliers rush to sell a wider choiceoffood products to a raft of fast developing economies.
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But our trade rivals are generally doing an even better job of expanding their market share – invariably in our export backyard.

The agricultural commodity export rush has also rapidly depleted our sheep and cattle numbers in recent years which means Australia will most likely be letting future market growth opportunities slip by, in the short term at least, as restocking becomes a priority, says the Australian Farm Institute (AFI).

The AFI’s latest agricultural trade performance review highlights how our farmsector continues to lose market share in global markets, particularly among booming Asian food industry importers.

Average compound growth in agricultural trade worldwide has been about 7pc in the past seven years – about 2pc more than the pace of growth in Australian farm exports.

While still mostly holding our own in North Asia (Japan, China and Korea) and the sparsely populated Pacific-Oceania region, we are seriously underperforming as a source of agri-food supplies to some of the fastest growing markets including the South East Asia, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

In the six years to 2014 the value of farm imports by nations in these regions grew almost 15pc annually.

That’s about twice the rate ofour overall ag export growth effort.

Importantly, these tended to be neighbouring markets which we “widely identify as our own” but which now sourced more fromother exporters, said AFI executive director Mick Keogh.

Countries such as India, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Ukraine now rated as new key competitors on the beef, grain and horticulture fronts in Asia.

So, too, were persistent rivals such as big grain and beef producer Canada, which has emerged lately as a significant seller to the Indian pulse market.

Mr Keogh said AFI’sfindings were a wake up call to governments and the farm sector about “not assuming these markets are ours and there for our taking”.

Farm exporters mustbe alert to “any complacency about the ability of our farm sector to automatically benefit from growth in global demand for world populations increase and diets change”.

Australia was struggling to be cost competitive, particularly against emerging agricultural exporting nations in Eastern Europe, Asia and South America.

However, the review noted the major reason our farm sector had lost market share was limited land and water availability, which restricted intensive farming opportunitiesand export growth.

This in turn highlighted the need for an expansion of farming and infrastructure investment in northern Australia.

“Two main avenues available to increase export volume are a lift in agricultural productivity and expanding agriculture in northern Australia,” Mr Keogh said.

He said governments and the agricultural sector should redouble efforts to pursue both objectives to boost the long-term wealth the sector generated for the Australian economy.

Rainfall and seasonal conditions were a constant factor in Australia’s ability to meet overseas market demand, said report co-author and AFI project officer, Mark Henry.

Despite growing global opportunities, farmexports were set to shrink in coming years in response to a big turnoff of livestock to processors during recent droughtin eastern Australia.

Grain export opportunities had alreadybeen hurt by the tough seasons.

“There’s going to be a relatively big period of flock and herd rebuilding which will restrictexports for a while, but in the long term it’s not a dire problem,” Mr Henry said.

A continued fall in dairy output in response to dry weather and low international prices impacting on farm profitability would also erode Australia’s export capacity in that sector.

Mr Keogh said the trade performance review emphasised a need for more focus on increasing the value of agricultural exports, as well asvolume.

“Increased value can be generated by focusing on quality, biosecurity and safety, with Australia already having world-leading systems in place to address these requirements.”

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Ashley far from ideal: Greens

The state governmentshould use the next Councilof Australian Governments meeting to push for the closure ofthe Ashley Youth Detention Centre, Greens leader Cassy O’Connor says.
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The Ashley Youth Detention Centre

Ms O’Connorsaid planning should be under way to close Ashley, which she described as a gateway to Risdon Prison, despite the centre achieving some positive outcomes for young people.

Her comments come after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull committed to placingyouth detention and child protectionon the COAG agenda as they were issues that applied to every jurisdiction.

Ms O’Connor said Ashley was “a very far cry from the dehumanising brutality” of the Northern Territory’s youth justice system, but said it was a far from ideal environment for young offenders.

She called on Premier Will Hodgman to instead opt for a therapeutic and diversionary approach to youth offending, which she said had significantly lower recidivism rates in other jurisdictions.

“We need to focus on keeping young people out of trouble, off drugs and onto a positive life course. This requires a systemic and community wide approach,” Ms O’Connorsaid.

Both Ms O’Connor and Labor child safety spokesman Josh Willie said the Deloraine facility was hugely expensive for the amount of young offenders it housed.

Mr Willie said Labor was open to establishing a “cheaper and more modern facility” that would allow a higher amount of funding on diversionary programs.

“It would mean greater support to allow young people to safely transition back into community with a lesser risk of reoffending,” he said.

But Mr Willie said Ashley was a strategic asset for the North,and a community discussion about the best use of the facility going forwardwas needed.

Mr Hodgman said he was not aware of any evidence to suggest Tasmania’s youth justice system had experienced issues similar to the Northern Territory, but stressed protecting children was a key priority.

He said the main component of thegovernment’s Youth at Risk strategy and implementation plan involved examining ways to redevelop custodial youth detention in the state.

Mr Hodgman said the government had demonstrated its commitment to protectingchildren in its care by moving to overhaulthe state’s Child Protection System, and introducing amendments to the Youth Justice Act.

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Local art on show

VARIETY: Sue Cowdroy with Evans Arts Council president Wendy-Lou Tisdell showing off works from the 2016 Art Competition and Sale. Photo:CHRIS SEABROOK 080216cartshow2ARTISTS are always on the hunt for an audience to appreciate their work and in Bathurst there is no greater stage than the Evans Arts Council annual Art Competition and Sale.
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The treasured Bathurst event will return on Friday, August 5 at Bathurst RSL.

Evans Arts Council president Wendy-Lou Tisdell said the lead up to the 2016 show has been very positive, with 429 entries received from both amateur and professional local artists.

“We’ve actually got more entries than last year, which is really, really good,” she said.

There are a variety of sections in the show to suit every kind of artist, including paintings, ceramics andsculpture.

The competition and sale also offers a juniors section with two categories, one for drawing and one for every other form of artwork created by young people.

More than 51 entries were receivedacross the section.

“We’ve got a couple of school teachers who really encourage kids [to create art],” Ms Tisdellsaid.

The Art Competition and Sale will officially open at 7.30pm on Friday.

In addition to all the incredible works of art, it will feature this year’s guest artist Merilyn Rice.

“Merilyn does beautiful work and she teaches as well. Our thought was that if Merilyn was our guest artist she’d encourage a lot of her students to enter,” Ms Tisdell said.

A selection of Ms Rice’s work will appear in the show and she will speak on the night.

All of the works featured at the show will be for sale, with 20 per cent of the proceeds from each artwork going to the Evans Arts Council so it can continue its services.

The rest goes directly to the artist.

Ms Tisdell said the longevity of the Art Competition and Sale does come down to the variety of the works, the opportunity it provides for local artists to showcase their talent and the affordability of what they create.

“I think a lot of it is because it is local, but also the cost factor; you can buy something as cheap as $30 or as much as $500,” she said.

People can view and purchase the works Friday evening, Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Red Devils strike back

Stephen Birrell in action for Moe. file photo.MOE United has regrouped after a shaky fortnight to consolidate top spot on the Latrobe Valley Soccer League ladder with victory over Olympians at Harold Preston Reserve on Sunday.
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Trips to Traralgon have proved troublesome for the Red Devils of late, with City scoring a shock win over them in round 16, and Olympians ensured the trend continued in a dogged effort.

Despite a late Olympians fightback, Moe clung on to an important 3-2 victory to retain the ladder lead on differential over neighbour Newborough-Yallourn United.

With just one point from the previous two matches, Moe coach Kevin O’Farrell said it was a relief to sew up three points in round 18.

“That was definitely the aim, get three points and get back on a winning run again,” he said.

“Traralgon was pretty good the day we played them, we had a really off day. We could have played for four or five hours and not scored the way we were going.

“(Against NYU) we got it back to 3-3 with about five or 10 minutes to go and we really put them under some pressure and could have got the winner in the end… but three-all was probably fair.”

Olympians hit the scoresheet first but the lead was cancelled out when Ty Georgiou found a reply almost immediately.

Matt Shearing then added a brace to extend the visitor’s lead to 3-1 before a raft of Red Devils’ chances went awry.

With the door left ajar Olympians attempted to squeeze through the cracks and managed a late goal to set up a tense final 10 minutes, but could not produce an equaliser.

“I thought we played okay, probably didn’t defend that well at certain stages but we looked like creating a lot of chances, but probably didn’t take as many as we should have,” O’Farrell said.

Injury, illness and suspension has been rife in the Moe camp in recent weeks.

Nick Fogarty was suspended due to a red card in the Traralgon City game, Lee Dastey has been in and out, Owen Kelly has missed game-time due to illness and Lachlan McKenzie suffered a concussion last week against NYU which kept him out of Sunday’s match.

O’Farrell said a return to full strength would hold Moe in good stead for the run home.

“There’s still some teams that haven’t had their bye yet, some of which are in contention, by the time everyone has their bye and evens out it will be interesting to see where everyone is,” he said.

“It will be nice to just settle the side down again; at one stage there we were fairly settled and the results were quite good, but we’ve been a bit unsettled the last few weeks.”

Joint competition leader NYU was a handsome winner over City on Sunday to keep the pressure on at the top.

The Combine scored a 4-1 victory over the Roosters, who finished the game with nine men after red cards to Ralph Austin and Liam McCluskey.

NYU took early control of the midfield and put Traralgon’s defence under pressure, which peaked at the 13-minute mark when Mark Fairbrother unleashed a right foot shot from just inside the penalty box that found the back of the net.

The game continued with limited chances due to tight defence by both teams before Brandon Scott headed home from a well weighted corner at the 25-minute mark to send NYU 2-0 up at half-time.

City came out after the break full of run and scored two minutes into the half when Stefan Sbaglia placed a shot wide of the keeper to make it 1-2.

The Roosters were reduced to 10 men on 75 minutes when McCluskey was sent off for a challenge, and when Austin followed NYU took control.

At the 85th minute Tim Armistead drilled the ball home from close range after a pinpoint pass from Luke Buhagiar. The Combine scored again in extra-time when Scott slotted home his second for the day from close range.

Falcons remained one match in arrears of the leaders after Fortuna forfeited Saturday night’s Morwell derby, as did Churchill with a 3-0 win over Sale United.

Monash defeated Trafalgar 3-1 to make it back-to-back wins for the men in yellow.

Despite Trafalgar’s positive start it was the visiting Wolves who took a 15-minute lead in spectacular fashion when Ethan Lawrence volleyed home a long range effort.

The lead was doubled minutes later when Ty Christy tapped home a Ryan Davis cross as Monash began to find its rhythm.

Monash made it 3-0 early in the second half; Christy’s cross caused havoc in the Trafalgar defence resulting in an own goal.

Victory keeper Aaron Vaughan was called on to produce a fine double save, denying Christy his second, before Jesse Davis’ follow up volley was turned away as the game opened up.

Trafalgar was rewarded for its endeavour and grabbed a consolation goal late on, but it was not enough as Monash ran out winners.

In other matches Tyers crushed East Gippsland United 9-0 and Pegasus had the bye.

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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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