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GROWTH: Developer Lester Hewitt at the new Icely Estate yesterday as the pouring of the kerb and guttering enters its final stage. Photo: BRIAN WOOD 102214lesterEGLINTON is teetering on the verge of a massive growth spurt.
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The once tiny village on the outskirts of Bathurst is earmarked as the next big thing in the region when it comes to residential growth.

It’s all part of Bathurst Regional Council’s vision for the future of suburbia as part of its Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Two major residential projects are on the drawing board, and when completed it is anticipated 144 lots will be created to help cater for the projected population growth in coming years.

The NSW Department of Planning predicts Bathurst will have more than 50,000 people living in the region by 2031.

Developer Lester Hewitt from Hynash was at the new Icely Estate off Cox Lane yesterday supervising the pouring of the 1150 linear metres of kerb and guttering before the blocks finally hit the market early in the new year.

For months his team have been working on the 16.5-hectare greenfield site. The first release will see 36 lots come online, and depending on demand there will be a total of 92 lots created.

Just down the road another well-known developer, Bruce Hackett, is planning a 52-lot subdivision on about 10 hectares of land between Hobson Close and Hamilton Street.

Mr Hewitt said yesterday there has been a tremendous amount of work completed at Icely Estate.

“But looking at it, you wouldn’t know it,” he said. “All the underground infrastructure is in and that includes power, NBN and gas. We are doing the kerb and guttering as we speak and the 1.5km of cycleway which wraps around the entire estate is also in the throws of being put in.

“A lot of people wouldn’t realise it, but the land here is quite undulating which is not typically what you think about Eglinton.

“We’ve worked on changing some of the hillier topography to make it more builder friendly. There’s a minimum lot size stipulated by council of 900 square metres, while council has also ensured there is a minimum 50-metre green belt buffer zone around the estate.”

Mr Hewitt said he anticipates the lots will sell from between $150,000 and $168,000.

Richard Denyer from Bathurst Regional Council’s department of environmental, planning and building services said the development at Eglinton was being driven by an ever increasing demand for residential building blocks.

“Studies completed some years ago by council identified Eglinton as a growth area,” he said. “It all fits in perfectly with the latest population growth predictions.”

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LIFE CHANGER: Nerralie Boulton says weight loss surgery should be available to all Australians, after it enabled her to lose 50 kilograms. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1103lapband2UNDERGOING weight-loss surgery has completely changed Nerralie Boulton’s life and she supports calls for it to be available in the public health system.
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Since her surgery, Mrs Boulton has shed 50 kilograms but did not enter into the surgery without extensive research and consultation with her doctor.

“I have battled with my weight all my life,” she said.

“My mother took me to the doctor when I was 11 because I already had a weight problem.”

Mrs Boulton says making weight-loss surgery available under Medicare would change people’s lives.

Over the year she has tried several diets, but nothing worked.

“Having surgery is not something you take lightly as you have to be disciplined about what you eat,” she said.

“For example, I can’t eat meat or bread and the temptation to eat chocolate or ice cream is always there because it goes down so easily, but I never want to go back to a size 24 after dropping down to a size 14.”

Her love of travel with her husband David became the catalyst for Mrs Bolton’s decision.

“I felt as though I was always the one holding everybody up. Now when we travel my life is different in every way possible,” she said.

“Its wonderful to be able to go into a clothing shop and buy clothes that fit me well.”

Mrs Boulton believes the size of meals consumed by Australians has grown exponentially over the last few decades, contributing to the obesity epidemic in Australia.

“I enjoy going out to dinner, but when you see what some people eat in a restaurant their meals are absolutely enormous,” she said.

Mrs Boulton is not the only one in her family to benefit from bariatric banding surgery.

“Our daughter has also experienced the same challenges in her life that I have, as unfortunately she inherited my genes,” she said.

“It has proved to be an enormous boost to her self esteem.

“We were able to fund our surgery privately but there are many Australians who are simply not in that position and need help.”

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A SUCCESSFUL ladies golf season closed with a Canadian Foursomes competition followed by a presentation dinner.

The night started with a photo presentation to life member Coralie Giblett and a delicious meal prepared by Kean & Co Catering was enjoyed between presentations of annual awards.

Wendy Richards won the Judy Beresford Putting Competition and Shirley Smyth and Grace Snooke won the Ferret Competition with seven each.

End of season: Grace Snooke with Wendy Richards.

The Fitzgeralds Hotel Most Consistant Award was won by Vera Sheen who also took out the Hannagan Hearth House Jess Errington Perpetual Trophy for the best four of six stableford rounds.

Angie Leeson won the Stewarts Savemor Pharmacy award for the best four rounds of stroke.

Eclectic Trophies donated by Dunnings Fuel, Retravision and Dallimore Choices Flooring were won by Snooke, Sheen, Smyth and Les Mcpherson.

Presentation: Vera Sheen and Coralie Giblett.

This year’s gross champion Snooke and runner-up Angie Leeson were presented with their awards, sponsored by Peter and Wendy Richards at Northam and Districts Glass Service.

Nett winner Leeson and runner-up Sheen were presented with their awards, donated by Coralie Giblett and Avon Valley Nissan and Mitsubishi.

The evening concluded with a speech by captain Wendy Richards, thanking grounds staff, sponsors and all ladies for their help during the year before handing over the position to incoming captain Marge Haddrill.

The group is now looking forward to next season.

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A MAJOR review of the research literature on no-till farming has found that it reduces crop yields by about 5 per cent.
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But the review, published in the international journal Nature, concluded that under certain conditions, no-till farming farming practised in combination with stubble retention and crop rotation can produce equivalent or even greater yields than conventional farming.

Agriculture researchers from the US, China and Europe collaborated in a meta-analysis – a comprehensive review of 621 research papers – of the productivity limits of conservation techniques.

One of its most significant conclusions of the study, titled Productivity limits and potentials of the principles of conservation agriculture, is that combining no-till farming with stubble retention and crop rotation is particularly beneficial in dry regions, where grain crops are grown with natural rainfall.

These three strategies have become almost standard practice in the Victorian Mallee, and dryland farming regions across the Australian wheat belt, where they have helped to achieve a substantial reduction in wind erosion from bare paddocks.

The study did not consider other benefits of no-till agriculture, but said it clearly provided environmental and social benefits.

The authors suggested that the success of no-till farming in dryland regions could become an important strategy for climate-change adaptation in regions that are likely to become drier because of global warming.

But the authors warned of the need for caution if conservation farming is extended into regions subjected to a drying climate regime.

They said it is likely to be difficult to implement the supporting practices of stubble retention and crop rotation in resource-poor regions dominated by farmers with small holdings.

In those circumstances, they say, there is a risk that the shift to zero-till farming, in the absence of the other techniques, will result in yield losses.

They nominated sub-Saharan Africa and eastern Asia as regions where a shift to no-till farming alone, might actually reduce yields.

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