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THE Clackline Progress Association was delighted with the turn out of about 50 residents, visitors and passers-by, at the free sausage sizzle held on October 25 and 26 to open the barbecue facility at the Lion Park in Clackline.
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The barbecue was made possible by a grant from the Shire of Northam, plus extra funds from the Progress account, and was erected by the members.

Cooking: A free sausage sizzle was held at Lion Park.

The shelter over the barbecue was locally made by an association member to match existing shelters.

Lion Park is a well-used stopping spot for travellers, picnickers and bus trippers, and the barbecue will no doubt cause an increase in traffic.

The Lion cairn is an attraction to visitors and there are also toilet facilities at Lion Park.Over the last two years the Progress Association has planted many native shrubs in two areas of the park and maintained them through the summer weather.

This year the flowering was exceptional on most of the shrubs and attracted many passers-by. Native flowers were entered in the Northam Show, with great success.Also on the weekend the association held a Trash and Treasure stall at the Clackline railway carriage.

Again the support was excellent and hundreds of dollars were raised.

An amount from this total will be donated to the Cancer Council.

This is the third donation to the Cancer Council from white elephant and trash and treasure stalls.

The association thanked all those from the district who gave their time over the weekend and enjoyed a sausage.

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IN THENortham Magistrates Court on October 27, Breanne Felicia Best was remanded on bail until November 24 on two counts of stealing.
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John Henry Bligh was remanded on bail until December 8 for having no authority to drive, disqualified/suspended.

Tracey Michelle Blythe was remanded on bail until November 20 on two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of failing to stop on approach to hand held stop sign, one count of disorderly behaviour in public and one count of breaching bail.

Allan Blackhall was fined $1400 with $301.60 costs on one count of being without lawful excuse trespassed on a place, one count of possessing methylamphetamine, one count of possessing of stolen or unlawfully obtained property and one count of driving with a prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood.

Richard Burles was fined $350 with $150.80 costs for driving with a prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. Debra Louise Cook was fined $850 with $150.80 costs on three counts of having no authority to drive fines suspended.

Nathn Owen Dawkins was remanded in custody until December 8 for having no authority to drive disqualified (other than fines suspension).

Jay Ryan Dymock was fined $1500 with $150.80 costs for damaging property.

Bradley Stewart Hayden was remanded on bail until November 3 on one count of breach of protective bail conditions and one count of common assault in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation.

Glen Robert Miller was remanded on bail until December 1 on one count of threats to injure, endanger or harm any person and one count of breach of police order.

Michelle Florence Morgan was fined $1100 with $150 costs on one count of possessing methylamphetamine, one count of possessing dexamphetamine and one count of possessed drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited plant.

Peter James Shuard was fined $250 with $150.80 costs for possessing drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant, which was ordered to be destroyed.

Christopher Daniel Woodford was remanded on bail until December 1 for assault occasioning bodily harm.

Keith Lawrence Woodley was remanded on bail until November 3 for breach of police order.

Mary Joan Yarran was remanded on bail until April 2 for breach of violence restraining order.

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Included in the delegation leaving Dubbo for Japan late last week were Geraldine McMahon, Mathew Dickerson, Allan Smith, Ken McMahon, Felicity Newton and Chris Newton. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDA Dubbo City Council delegation are in Japan this week as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of Dubbo’s Sister City relationship with Minokamo in Japan.
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The official delegation left Dubbo last week.

“Following the Minokamo delegation’s visit to Dubbo to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sister City relations in June, council has now organised an official delegation to take part in further festivities in Minokamo on Sunday, 2 November 2014.

“I will be attending with councillor Smith, David Dwyer and Ian McAlister on behalf of Dubbo City Council. We will be joined by ten Dubbo residents who are members of the Sister City Advisory Committee or have hosted Minokamo delegates in the past.

“I am thrilled to be able to travel to Minokamo to celebrate this wonderful milestone,” Dubbo City Council mayor Mathew Dickerson said.

The group attended Gifu Castle, a soccer match between FC Gifu and Oita Trinita, a barbecue at Minokamo Recreational Park and Forest and a formal reception to celebrate the anniversary.

The trip is a self-funded excursion for all delegates, with councillors, council staff and residents responsible for paying their own travel and accommodation costs.

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A WIDE-ranging review of the research literature has suggested many ways to improve the growing and drying of Australian dried fruit, to improve returns to growers and deliver high-quality fruit more consistently to customers.
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Labour saver: Fruit dried on the vine, above, compared with fruit dried on the rack, right.

A research project run in conjunction with the review compared old with new drying methods, and found no major difference between the quality of rack-dried and vine-dried fruit produced by summer-pruning, a labour-saving technique that leaves fruit to dry on severed canes on the vine.

Inventor and dried fruits grower Ivan Shaw, who chaired the Dried Fruits Australia research project, “Producing high-value dried grapes, Stage I and II”, said the project was driven by an identified market for 3000 to 5000 tonnes of golden, sultana-type fruit in Australia and overseas.

“A few years ago we were supplying the international market with copious quantities of light-coloured fruit,” Mr Shaw said.

“Selling brown fruit is no way to do business, although if it is free-flowing, we can still market it.

“Consistent production of golden fruit has always been the Holy Grail of the Industry. There’s never going to be a silver bullet to solve all our problems, but we can try our darndest to do the best with what we’ve got.”

Mr Shaw described the closure of CSIRO’s horticultural research laboratories at Merbein as “regrettable”, because the loss of the scientific library at Merbein had scattered the research literature, complicating the task of reviewing it.

He said there was a lot more research that could have been done to improve the industry when the centre was closed.

He cited the CSIRO’s achievement in producing a genetically modified sultana variety in which the polyphenol oxidase (PPO) gene, which causes fruit to darken with rain, has been silenced.

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