Workshop to teach graziers innovative landscape regeneration techniques

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GRAZIERS will have the chance to learn the key elements of regenerative agriculture at a two-day workshop at Wambiana Station, near Charters Towers, on December 7 and 8. Event organiser, Peter Arthofer, Regional Landcare Facilitator at NQ Dry Tropics, said the event, funded under the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, is a great opportunity for graziers to learn land planning and property improvement techniques from leading expert Darren Doherty, of Regrarians®. “Darren is widely recognised as a leader and pioneer in the Regenerative Agriculture Movement. He has helped thousands of farmers to adopt practices that promote production and regenerate the land. He will be covering the key elements of the Regrarians Platform, which is based on P. A. Yeoman’s Keyline Scale of Permanence,” he said. Darren Doherty said that the Regrarians Platform incorporates social and economic considerations, making it a truly holistic approach to land management. “The Keyline Scale of Permanence only dealt with agricultural production systems. The Regrarians Platform considers additional questions around personal and professional goals and contexts, and also looks at financial management,” Darren said. “We want people to be able to ask the right questions about what they want out of their life on their farms …

Profound proof of an environmental problem in the north-west.

Environmental bigotry the root cause of an expanding feral cat problem

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In the October 2012 edition of Blue’s Country Magazine (now defunct), Col Jackson wrote of his astonishment at the plague of feral cats out west, set against the untamed politics of the environmentalists. THERE’S A DITTY that goes to the tune of John Peel that spins: “cats on the rooftops, cats on the tiles…” Well, out Julia Creek way, the cats are everywhere — feral cats — and they’re in the thousands. No, millions. And as the tune goes, they’re not only carrying diseases, with the potential to spread locally-based epidemics further field — they are killing an estimated 100,000 million wildlife species every night. Yes, every night! Recently I drove from Mt Isa to Julia Creek, and at $5 for every feral cat that I saw, plus armed with a small bore rifle or shotgun, I could have earned a good day’s wages. A local landholder and his wife had invited me to their property to gain the full picture. He lined-up a dozen or so carcasses on the front fence of his property to demonstrate, in stark reality, what the feral cat problem has become. It’s an even more stark realisation that something needs to be done rather …

Waiting for the Press Conference: The George V Bistro directly opposite the Lois Vuitton headquarters on the Champs d’Elysse.

Sacre bleu: Deputy Trad travels to Paris to reassure world on land clearing

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AT A MEETING in Paris today, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, of the Queensland Government, reassured UNESCO of its commitment to the much-vaunted tree-clearing crackdown. A large number of hangers-on have travelled across the globe to Paris to hear the speech, because there simply wasn’t enough accommodation available in Brisbane for a glad-handing event of major proportions. Such was her high-profile stance, Deputy Trad didn’t bother inviting a representative from the Australian Government’s Foreign Affairs Department. Deputy Trad remains adamant that farmers will be ‘mercilessly flogged’ and agriculture will be brought to a standstill as the threat of having the Great Barrier Reef listed as ‘in danger’ looms. US President Barack Obama is known to be very supportive of saving the Great Barrier Reef, although he has never been there. The Deputy Premier met with the international organisation to discuss work it’s doing under the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan following the failure of its vegetation management laws. It was blatantly obvious that Deputy Trad was trying to stay calm and not quiver as she explained the laws that were a key plank of Australia’s (not just Queensland’s) promise to fix the reef were defeated in a recent vote, and as …


Isolated children converge on Longreach to do “Porridge”

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  Many an actor has confirmed the W C Fields maxim of “never work with animals or children” to be eminently true: both have the absolute ability to steal the scene and are completely unpredictable.   IMAGINE A CLASSROOM more than twice the size of Victoria — where the playground is as vast as the outback and the partnership between home and school is legendary. That encompasses the ethos of the Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE) — to provide excellence in education for children in isolated areas of the Queensland who cannot regularly attend a nearby school, and undertake all schoolroom activities via the airwaves. There are some 200 students of LSODE spread throughout the central-west of Queensland, covering an area of 402,712 square kilometres. It’s a totally different way of schooling. The school motto says it all — effort conquers distance — yet that terminology is stretched to the extremities when 96 students who have been selected to perform in the end-of-year play in the Longreach Civic Centre are required to travel vast distances for four days of intensive practice. Three children travelled from Birdsville, yet they weren’t the furthest — one student lives on Durham Downs, a …

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THE SPECTACULAR: Dan 'Showtime' Kenneally's Nissan Skyvia draft ute.

Leyburn alive again with the sound of awesome power (today)

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  THE tiny Queensland town that once hosted an Australian Grand Prix will come alive again with motoring action this week-end when almost 400 historic, classic and performance vehicles turn out for the historic Leyburn Sprints. The 21st annual Sprints have attracted more than 210 thoroughbred machines representing 90 years of motoring for the round-the-houses time trials, while close to 200 show-and-shine cars and vintage caravans are expected for off-track displays. The Sprints commemorate the running of the 1949 grand prix on a disused wartime airfield just outside the Darling Downs town, which is equidistant from Warwick and Toowoomba. Leyburn’s population of approximately 400 is expected to swell to up to 10,000 across the weekend, attracted by non-stop entertainment on- and off-track and grassroots country atmosphere. The Sprints entry list features an extraordinary variety of cars, dating in vintage from a 1925 Austin Brooklands to a 2016 motorbike-powered single-seater called a Fly. The fastest will be 10 cars in the Formula Libre class competing for the outright fastest time around the one-kilometre street course and the prestigious Col Furness Memorial Trophy. The 2014 and 2015 champion Dean Amos returns in his English-built Gould GR37-Judd special. But four Italian Dallara Formula …

Sugar futures rise despite heavy Brazilian production

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Sugar production in Brazil’s Centre South cane belt continues to be very brisk, thanks to dry weather, according to the country’s cane body, Unica. Unica reported Centre South sugar production at 3.1m tonnes in the second half of July, up 9.5 per cent from the first half of the month, and up 10.6 per cent over the same time last year. The rapid production is the result of drier weather, which has allowed the pace of cane cutting to increase, as well as mills increasingly favouring sugar production over ethanol, thanks to higher prices. Centre-south mills crushed 49.08m tonnes of cane in the second half of July. Rapid crushing Both the sugar output and the rate of crushing were in line with market expectations, but they underline the strength of production from the world’s top sugar grower. Centre south mills have crushed some 310m tonnes of cane so far this season, which began in April — 13 per cent ahead of last year’s pace. And thanks to producers favouring sugar over ethanol, production of the sweetener is up 26 per cent year-on-year, at 16.9m tonnes. High involvement by speculators Writing ahead of the Unica data, (it was said) that the …

Emerging talent the future for Country Music (August)

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The directors of the Gympie Music Muster have announced that this year’s event will see the introduction of the inaugural Emerging Talent Showcase, a platform to recognise and nurture upcoming independent artists and provide them the opportunity to win new fans and industry recognition. This year’s Gympie Music Muster, to be held over four days from August 25 to 28, and will continue its long history of supporting new music talent. The Emerging Talent Showcase series will feature promising young artists who have been carefully selected through an online application process. Performances will be scheduled each day in the iconic Muster Club venue, with eight artists per session performing for 15 minutes each. An established artist who has risen through the ranks to achieve industry success will close each session with a special performance to inspire future generations of talent. The showcase sessions aim to present the cream of aspiring young performers to country music aficionados as well as industry professionals. These entrants have been chosen from various platforms including the iconic Muster Talent Search competition, regional talent competition winners, school students — including Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) and CMAA (Country Music Association) students and recommendations from music …