Fashions on the Field winners Alli Peterson and Murray Yeomans. Photo: CHERYL BURKE.Dubbo will pause today for the race that stops the stops the nation.
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About 1600 people are expected to gather for the Melbourne Cupfestivities Dubbo Turf Club president Michael Edwards said.

Revellers will gather under marquees for refreshments and betting from metropolitan bookmakers Mr Edwards said.

“We’re hopeful a lot of people should come out for the race,” he said.

“It’s a great day at the races and the weather looks really good.”

Fashion always rates highly on Melbourne Cup day and Dubbo residents love to get involved Mr Edwards said.

“Today’s the day of fun at today’s Melbourne Cup race meet,” he said.

“Derby Day’s fashion is traditionally black and white, today is more about fun and colour.”

Fashions of the field prizes will be presented to best dressed children and adults.

Entry to the Dubbo Turf Club is $20 and $10 for pensioners.

The first race starts at 1.30pm and the final race is at 5pm.

The Melbourne Cup race takes place at 3pm.

Cup favourite is Japanese stallion Admire Rakti, after recently winning the Caulfield Cup.

If successful in Cup victory Admire Rakti will take home more than $3.6 million.

Although Derby Day tops local race meets with a half a million dollar expenditure the Melbourne Cup should still bring decent revenue into local pubs and clubs.

Australians are expected to punt more than $300 million.

The average Australian has been found to bet an approximately $29 at odds 24 to one to picking a winner.

More than three million people watched the Cup broadcast last year.


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SEATS are selling quickly for the Northam Theatre Group’s production of The Nifty Fifties.
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Because of the temporary seating, tickets are for the discount price of $18 per numbered seat.

The group is working constantly towards adding to its sponsorship goal to achieve a proportion of the retractable seating costs.

Nifty night out: Rehearsals are well underway for the Northam Theatre Group s production of The Nifty Fifties.

It is still accepting sponsorship deals and donations.

Contact Wendy Richards on 0408 222 889 for information.

The Nifty Fifties is fun and laughter, dancing and music and would be ideal for a Christmas Party group.

Many new young faces are prominent in the cast, as well as those the Northam patrons now expect to see in musical productions at the Link.

There are restricted seating numbers, so make sure to book this week at Everlastings.

The dates for the musical production are November 13, 14, 15, and 20, 21 and 22.

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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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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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