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This tree was uprooted in The Hills during the weekend storm. Photo courtesy M Palmer-Burton, as posted on The Hills SES Facebook pageThe Hills SES was the third-busiest SES unit across Sydney Western Region on the weekend, receiving 140 storm job requests from Saturday, 2pm.
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The Hills SES controller, Evelyn Lester, said crews dealt with trees down on houses, blocked roads and damage to property caused by strong winds which at their peak reached 95 kmph at Balcombe Heights Estate, where her SES unit is based.

— Evelyn Lester‘‘Pizza it is, still in the dark”

— Shane SpringerNews shortly after 6pm.

She reminded residents to secure or put away loose items from yards and balconies, bring children and pets indoors and park cars under cover during storms.

They should also stay clear of fallen trees and power lines and damaged structures, she said.

For emergency assistance in floods and storms call the NSW SES on 132 500.

‘‘Follow the Hills SES Facebook pagefor regular updates during storms,’’ Ms Lestersaid.

■The NSW SES is divided into 17 regions based on major river systems.

■Sydney Western Region takes in The Hills, Auburn, Blacktown, Blue Mountains,Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Mount Druitt, Parramatta, and Penrith.

■Each region controller is responsible for the operational control of emergency flood and storm responses, including planning, training, operational support and other functions within their area of control.

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STUDENTS studying the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Muresk have had their learning experience boosted with laboratory sessions relating to their plant and animal courses.
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A key feature of the three-year degree being delivered in a partnership between Charles Sturt University and C Y O’Connor Institute is its practical, hands on approach to learning.

The classes in the laboratory have focused on factors affecting production levels in both animal and plant systems. During one session, students dissected the female reproductive tracts of sheep and pigs, identified the component parts and related them back to classroom theory about function and factors affecting reproductive efficiency.

Hands on: Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton with students Mitchell Hutton (Morawa) and David Storer (Meckering) during an animal reproduction laboratory practical at Muresk.

The laboratory work was followed by a practical session in the sheep yards where the students were given a pen of merino rams and asked to do a reproductive soundness examination on them.

Using these results in conjunction with data on wool production, quality and body size, the students had to identify animals to cull from the flock.

Lecturer, Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton, said the exercises in the laboratory and sheep yard, gave students a clearer picture of the parts of the reproductive system and an understanding of factors that affected efficient reproduction.

In their study of soil and plants, the students visited a local farm to look at formation, structure and classification of soils.

They also carried out tests to determine texture and pH and used the data to decide the usefulness of each soil type for agriculture.

Lecturer James Fisher said in the laboratory, students measured water infiltration rates in different soil types. In another experiment they measured water usage of plants under a range of conditions including different temperatures, moving and still air, light and dark.

The students are also observing various summer and winter crops growing in the glasshouse.

“I’d like to acknowledge the effort of members of the Higher Education Project team in re-equipping the laboratory and thank DAFWA, Ballard Seeds, WANTFA and Landmark for donating the seed used by students,” Dr Fisher said.

Enrolments for 2015 are now open. To apply online or download and print a form go to csu.edu.au/apply.

For further assistance contact Daisy Bulloch on 9622 6789 or email agri [email protected]

Hands on: Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton with students Mitchell Hutton (Morawa) and David Storer (Meckering) during an animal reproduction laboratory practical at Muresk.

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Bowls Sunraysia Saturday pennant’s match of the round was a thriller at Irymple.
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Bowl: Shawn Fullerton bowls for Red Cliffs against Mildura in round 10 of pennant competition at Mildura Bowls Club on Saturday. Pictures: Stacey Lowe

Cheers: Mildura’s Peter Harrison supports his side on Saturday.

The Irymple Suns hosted the Euston Bandits in the Round 10 blockbuster. Wind howled across the green making playing conditions difficult.

Both sides were evenly matched with no draw or green advantage to be taken by either side.

Col Sherriff drew Tich Halls and fought for a five-shot victory to the Bandits.

Halls drew the match-winning bowl on the 24th end when, one shot down on the head, trailed the jack for four shots and Col Sherriff had no bowls left to play to counter it.

The other rinks of Sandy Tarrant and Mark Tarrant were in a titanic struggle with Brendan O’Brien and Terry Wright, respectively.

The Irymple players were holding a slender advantage over their opponents and won both rinks by one shot for O’Brien and three shots to Wright. However, the Tich Halls rink had done the damage and Euston beat Irymple eight to four.

Merbein Hawks hosted Ouyen, and the Two Blues led by Robbie Jay were looking to atone for their previous round loss.

Merbein chose to play them on the three rink green and allowed Ouyen to dictate some terms on the windy greens.

This time it was not the Jay-led rink at the centre point of the Ouyen attack, but the Norm Latta and Alan Crook-led teams that cemented the tie for Ouyen.

Merbein took a solitary rink win but it was not enough to take overall victory.

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A local sports car driving experience is attracting growing interest from Sydney. Picture: GREG ELLISA fleet of Porsches operated by Cliff to Coast Sports Car Drives in Helensburgh are becoming increasingly popular with Sydneysiders keen on a new way to check out locations such as Bald Hill, Sea Cliff Bridge, Macquarie Pass and Austinmer Beach.
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Many who come to see the local sights do it from the seats of four different Porsches in one day.

The business, started by Gavin Little earlier this year, has also helped other local tourist operators such as Cliffhanger Cafe.

Mr Little was keen to share his cars with people on some of the most scenic and most sensational roads in NSW. He discovered how great they were from the seat of a 1977 Carrera 3.0 over the past decade.

He is a Porsche enthusiast, but his hunch that others would be as well is proving correct as the warmer spring weather helps the new business grow.

His tours start from the business park at Helensburgh and wend their way south to Bald Hill and then over Sea Cliff Bridge.

“Ducking through 100-year-old mining villages, we head south to a stretch of road that is equal to anything I’ve ever driven in Europe,” Mr Little said.

The drives involve drivers regularly swapping cars, taking in Macquarie Pass with mainly second and third gear turns.

“I could easily do this job forever,” Mr Little said.

His fleet includes an early model Boxster and a 911 993 Variocam.

“Our philosophy is not to have ‘executive express’ type experiences – we’d rather have people working for their revs and pace, and then hopping out of the car with a big smile and feeling a bit, but not too, shaky.”

Drives include lunch at the Burrawang General Store Cafe before coming back down Jamberoo Valley Road to Saddleback Mountain and then up to Bulli Tops for a quick coffee before returning to base.

Further information at driveporsches南京夜网.au or on 02 8076 1689.

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