Time for the insurance industry to step up

Once again our region has been inundated with flood waters and once again, many average families and businesses will be left to fend for themselves.
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Such events are as unpredictable as they are devastating.

After a decade of drought, our region was first touched by flood waters in 2010 and then again in 2012, significant rainfall and catchments full to the brim led to widespreaddamage from one end of the Riverina to the other.

For some residents it was years before insurance companies settled claims.

Insurers are undoubtedly there to make money for shareholders –to balance the risk versus the cost of a policy.But, like banks, they also hold a social and community responsibility to be both fair and reasonable when it comes to dealing with clients.

The 2010 rain events came after a decade of dry weather when most businesses and homeowners had no claim on their insurance companies.

During this time, many paid their premiums dutifully and without quibble.

Yet, when it came time for the consumer to lean on the insurer after the 2010 and 2012 floods, a large number of them sought a way to avoid or at least defer payment.

It was a disturbing and distressing example of how some companies are driven not by the need to provide a service for their customers, but to achieve a bottom line outcome for shareholders –most of whom are far removed from the incident upon which the claims are being made.

Rocketing premiums have only highlighted the responsibility of insurers to meet their obligations when they become due.

No one wants to become the victim of a natural disaster –that is the last thing people would want.

But when it does happen we should equally expect prompt and effective action from our insurers to remedy what can be a distressing situation.

There shouldbe no delays, nor debate about the ‘small print” –but that’s exactly what we have seen in thepast.

Hopefully the current events we are facing in the region will not be subject to such indecision and those that deserve compensation are dealt with quickly and appropriately.

If that were not to happen, surely the time has come for our governments to regulate the industry to ensure that people get exactly what they are paying for –and quickly.

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Bright idea to end pesky swooping

INGENIOUS: Budding inventor and gifted student Jack Meldrum with his design.
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Magpie season is an occurrence universally dreaded by bike riders, and few could say they’ve thought upa solution beyond sticking cardboard eyes or cable ties upon their helmet.

But a Xavier College Year 8 student with dreams of becoming an astrophysicist may have a solution for the pesky problem.

Jack Meldrum’s idea is toattach an inbuilt sensor to a helmet that emits an ultrasonic soundwhen a magpie is approaching.

The sensors give a full 360-degreescan of incomingmagpies, which activate anultrasonic speaker to then release a distressing sound on theswoop, deterring the magpie.

Sketches depicting the invention were submitted by Jack to theOrigin littleBIGidea competition, which aims to foster creativity in students from grades three to eight.

“My Nan heard about the competition on the radio. I came up with the idea because I ride my bike a lot and have been swooped before,” Jack said.

“Cable ties don’t work. I did a lot of research on the internet and I saw that there are similar sensors you can put on the wall, so why not build one into a helmet?

“It’s a dog whistle but for birds.”

The idea seems logical enough that someone would have thought it up already, but the gifted science and mathematics student was sure to check he was the first.

“It makes sense particularly at the moment as we’ve come into swooping season.”

Other designs could include a universal clip-on sensor and speakerto adapt to any helmet and repel other species of birds and could be a revolutionaryimprovement to stop magpie swooping.

Jack is in the running alongside fellow budding inventors toreceivean innovation trip of a lifetime, including a visit to NASA Cape Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The judging panel isheaded up by former host of ABC’s ‘The New Inventors’James O’Loghlin and was impressed with the calibre of entries so far.

Entries close Friday and detailscan be found at梧桐夜网littleBIGidea南京夜网419论坛.

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Supertouch season approaching quickly

SUPER STARS: Katie Watson, Harry Fardell, Mill Thompson, Nicki Melino and Andrew Cosgrove are geared up for the Supertouch season. Photo: MATT FINDLAYThe 2016-17 Orange Supertouch season kicks off next week and if you ask coordinator Mill Thompson, it’s shaping to be the biggest summer of the modified sport yet.
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Hosted at Endeavour Oval, Supertouch is played over two 20-minute halves and boasts, essentially, all the same rules as normal touch football except for one crucial one.

You can kick late in a set, giving all the budding Jonathon Thurstons and Cooper Cronks in Orange a chance to show off one more weapon in their arsenal.

The competition has been a roaring success in its first few seasons and once again there is men’s and mixed competitions this summer, registrations are still open.

“It’s a great competition, a good way to get active and there’s a heavy focus on the social side of the sport, which is great,” Thompson said.

Thompson explained registrations will remain open until just before the first round, next Wednesday, October 5.

“It’s $90 per player and you need a minimum of 10 players per team,” Thompson said.

“People do need to register before the first round next week.”

Those interested can sign up by going online and heading to http://梧桐夜网orangesupertouch南京夜网/ and following the prompts to get registered.

“People can sign up there or head onto Facebook and search for Orange Supertouch and sign up through there as well,” Thompson said.

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on this day

Australian explorers1861- The cache buried beneath the ‘Dig’ Tree, revealing the notes and journals of Burke and Wills, is dug up by Howitt’s rescue party.Burke and Wills, with a huge party of men and supplies, departed Melbourne in August 1860 to cross Australia to the north coast and back.
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Burke, being impatient and anxious to complete the crossing as quickly as possible, split the expedition at Menindee.

He moved on ahead to establish a depot at Cooper Creek, leaving William Wright in command of the Menindee depot.

Splitting his party yet again at Cooper Creek, Burke chose to make a dash to the Gulf in the heat of Summer with Wills, Gray and King.

He left stockman William Brahe in charge with instructions that if the party did not return in three months, Brahe was to return to Menindee.

The trek to the Gulf and back took over four months, and during that time Gray died.

A full day was spent in burying his body. When Burke returned to Cooper Creek, he discovered lettering freshly blazed on the coolibah tree at the depot, giving instructions to dig for the supplies Brahe had left. Thus the name ‘Dig’ Tree was spawned.

Australian History1973- The first performance takes place in the new Sydney Opera House.The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, sits on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour.

Designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon in 1955, it has become one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world.

Utzon arrived in Sydney to oversee the project in 1957 and work commenced on the opera House in 1959.

The building was completed in 1973, at a cost of $102 million, and formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973.

World History929- Good King Wenceslas is killed by his brother.[more]

1978- Pope John Paul I is found dead, with a copy of a devotional he was reading in his hands.[more]

1994- 850 die as the ferry ‘MS Estonia’ sinks in the Baltic Sea.[more]

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Riders clock up kms for chopper charity

LEGGING IT HOME: The 50+ riders and support crew were all smiles as they took a drink break and a happy snap on the Keepit Dam wall on Friday. It was a big ride for the group who trekked from Dubbo to Tamworth.There was a little bit of mud, a couple of washouts and plenty of fun for a groupof local riders who trekked from Dubbo to Tamworth, through Gunnedah in aid ofthe region’s rescue chopper.
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More than 50 riders and support crew wound their way over a week through Dubbo, Gilgandra, Tooraweenah, Baradine, Coonabarabran,Tambar Springs, Gunnedah, Somerton and onto Tamworth, notching up more than 450kms on two wheels.

While some might call them crazy, they do it for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The 16thannual Ride for the Chopper aims to ensure no patient ever has to pay for an emergency transport to hospital.

And, at last count the rescue service believes this year’s ride–which saw two days washed out–raise close to $60,000.

It was no easy feat either. On mountain bikes, the riders clocked up 150km in one day from Coonabarabran to Gunnedah.

With a backdrop of the Liverpool Plains and rolling green paddocks, the riders –from as far as Woolongong, Newcastle, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Quirindi and Tooraweenah –tackled off-road tracks, forest trails, paddock strips, dirt roads and even a little bitumen to ride into town, finishing with a tour of Conadilly Ston Thursday afternoon.

But their was no rest for the riders, or the support crew –the group thatensures the ride gets going everyday –who backed up with a 110km ride on Friday from Gunnedah, out along Wean Rd, onto Keepit Dam and then through Somerton and into Winton and Tamworth.

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Third housemate charged with murder

Murder accused Ronald Lyons, the third housemate to be charged with the murder of Kangaroo Flat woman Samantha Kelly in January. Picture: ADAM HOLMESUPDATE 10.45am, Tuesday:Ronald Lyons, 44, has appeared in the Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of Samantha Kelly.
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Lyons appeared in custody, did not apply for bail and will re-appear in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on November 9.

His charge was upgraded to murder on Monday, after he had previously been charged with being an accessory to murder.

Lyons appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court earlier this month and left the court on bail, speaking with the media in front of court. He was interviewed by police on the weekend and had his charge upgraded.

Co-accused Christine Lyons, 45, was also charged with Ms Kelly’s murder after initially being charged with being an accessory to murder. She will appear at a committal hearing in Bendigo on January 9.

Peter James Arthur, 44, was the first of the three housemates to be charged with the alleged murder. Mr Arthur and Ms Lyons have remained in custody since Ms Kelly’s body was found in bushland in Shelbourne on February 12.

EARLIER, Monday:A thirdhousemate has been charged with the murder of Kangaroo Flat woman Samantha Kelly.

Ronald Lyons, 44,had his chargeupgraded on Mondayfrom accessory to murder to one count of murder.

Ms Kelly’s body was found in bushland at Shelbourne, about 20km south-west of Bendigo, on February 11.

Samantha Kelly

The 39-year-old was reported missing several weeks earlier.

Fellow housemates Peter James Arthur, 44, and Christine Ann Lyons, 45, have previously been charged with Ms Kelly’s murder.

In the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court in March, Ronald Lyons was granted bail to an address in Swan Hill.

Victoria Police confirmed on Monday evening thata further interview was conducted and Lyons’ charge upgraded to murder.

He is due to appear in Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

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Pat Verney awarded 10 year service badge

The Bi-monthly meeting of the Grenfell HospitalAuxiliary was held on Wednesday, September 21 in the Hospital (MPS) Leisure Room.
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Eleven members were in attendance, which was great considering the recent weather conditions and localised flooding,with apologies from 5 members.

President Glenice Clarkeconfirmed that there was no action as yet on the recent equipment purchases, as Karen Hancock was not present, the current report was not available for tabling.

President Glenice then advised members that there was an invite to the Bankstown Hospital Auxiliary AGM in Sydney.

Anybody wishing to attend should contact Glenice for further details, this should be an interesting an informative meeting.

Following the general business it waswith much pleasure that Mrs Pat Verney was awarded her 10 year membership badge, that was presented by the committee.

Pat was then was congratulated by all members present.

The next Hospital Auxiliary street stall is currently being organised forOctober 14.

Any generous donations of cooking or other salable goods would be gratefully appreciated.

The next meeting of the Grenfell Hospital Auxiliary will be heldNovember 16, 2016and new members are encouraged andwill be very welcome.

For any members of the community wishing to become involved,the Auxiliary meet every 3rd Wednesday of every secondmonth at the at 2pm in the Hospital Leisure Room.

For further inquiries regarding the Grenfell Hospital Auxiliaryplease contact President Glenice Clarke on 02 6343 1326.

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Making sale day easy

RamSelect Plus was recently launched at the Lambex conference in Albury, just in time for the 2016 ram selling season.
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RamSelect Plus is the latest version of the RamSelect tool, which was developed to simplify the ram purchasing process.

The main advantage of the web-based tool is that producers are able to utilise Australian Sheep Breeding Values when purchasing rams without having to fully understand all the ‘technical stuff’.

Australian Sheep Breeding Values are an estimate of an animal’s breeding value based on pedigree, performance recorded and DNA information.

The tool has been expanded to cover merino, terminal, maternal and dohne rams.Compared to the previous version, RamSelect Plus has a range of new features including:

More precise genetic selection tools (i.e. greater ability to ‘fine tune’ the traits you want to put emphasis on).Ability to customise and save your own breeding objective.Graphical display showing how a particular ram compares to industry averages.‘Ram team manager’ function. This enables you to store information about your current ram team and compare ram teams across years.One of the biggest advantages of RamSelect Plus is you can sort a ram catalogue based on your breeding objective – simply dial in what traits you are interested in (using the slider bars) and the rams are ranked in order from top to bottom.

You can then print this list off and take your ‘cheat sheet’ to sale day; reducing your workload and giving you more time to visually examine and assess your top picks.

While RamSelect Plus is a great tool for commercial producers, the downside is that not all stud producers upload their sale catalogues onto the RamSelect Plus database. Hopefully over time we will see more studs using the tool.For further information go to: 梧桐夜网ramselect南京夜网419论坛

VENDOR: Tom Brodrick from Bungendore with XB lambs, sold to a top of $169.20ph at SELX on September 14. Agent: MD & JJ Anderson.

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Successful switch at Duenclin

SALE SUMMARYWhite Suffolks 2016 2015Offered 105 100Sold 86 76Top $1600 $1200Av $834 $817A NEW era for the Duenclin White Suffolk and Prime SAMM stud was heralded with an increased clearance rate and increased average at their Perponda on-property auction last week.
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The stud’s main sale was previouslyheld at the Huxtable family’s Kaniva, Vic, property before the Border Leicester stud was dispersed, with Clinton continuing the operation in the Mallee.

Mr Huxtable was “absolutely rapt” with the result of the sale – the first held at Perponda since 2013.

“I didn’t expect to sell that many rams let alone get those sort of prices given our move from Kaniva,” he said.

“Wedecided we weren’tgetting out of sheep and wouldcontinue tobreedWhite Suffolks and SAMMs, so we’ve kept the sale going up here.”

There was a good buyer response, with new and existing clients lifting the White Suffolk clearance rate by four per cent on last year.

Overall, 85 of 106 White Suffolks sold to $1600, averaging $834, while 12 of 26 Prime SAMMs sold to $1300, averaging $850.

Topping the pick-of-the-pen sale were the first three lots, two of which were bought by Peter Leedham, Kalyan, at$1600.

Mr Leedham liked the size and early growth of the two 16-month-old rams, which will be joined to self-replacing Merino ewes.

Both rams were sired by Sunnybanks 5-13.

Lot 1 had a 15.3 kilogram post weaning weight, -0.6 post-weaning fat, 0.2mm post-weaning eye muscle depth, and rated 111 on the lamb 20/20 index.

Lot 4 had a 15kg pww, -1.1 pfat, 0.1mm pwemd and rated 110.9 on the lamb 20/20 index.

The other $1600 ram was bought by BJ&BG Pfeiffer, Parrakie, who took home four overall, averaging $1425.

GW&JM Flohr, Lameroo, were the sale’s volume buyers, with 24 White Suffolksto $900, averaging $717.

Rich Farming, Goroke, Vic, bought 12 rams to $900, averaging $775, whileDC Symonds, Karoonda, took five to $1000, averaging $920.

The two$1300 top price Prime SAMMS were bought by JJ&JG&HE Huxtable, Geranium.

Mr Huxtable said the stud had some clear breeding goals moving forward.

“We want to keep the length and keep the muscle, and maintain good growth rates,” he said.

–QUINTON McCALLUM PRIME PAIR: Duenclin principal Clinton Huxtable, buyer Peter Leedham and Elders Karoonda’s Chris Muenster with two of the three $1600 sale toppers.

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Rod rolled on his birthday, Greg Conkey new mayor of WaggaVideo, Photos

New mayor Greg Conkey Rod rolled on his birthday, Greg Conkey new mayor of Wagga | Video, Photos Wagga’s new council for the next four years. Vanessa Keenan, Dan Hayes, deputy mayor Dallas Tout, Tim Koschel, Paul Funnell, Yvonne Braid, Rod Kendall, mayor Greg Conkey OAM, Kerry Pascoe. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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Mayor Greg Conkey. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Deputy mayor Dallas Tout. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Councillor Rod Kendall. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Councillor Dan Hayes. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Councillor Vanessa Keenan. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Councillor Paul Funnell. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Councillor Kerry Pascoe. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Councillor Tim Koschel. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Councillor Yvonne Braid. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

TweetFacebookWagga mayor Greg Conkey’s acceptance speechThe bloodless coup was executed on Sunday afternoon and by Monday morning Cr Conkey had the numbers sewn up.

The former journalist turned spin doctor claimed he and Rod Kendall “had a very friendly discussion” on Monday, in which he delivered the bad news.

“I have his full support and I really appreciate that,” Cr Conkey said.

In the course of frenzied negotiations on Sunday and Monday, Cr Conkey demanded Charles Sturt University finance manager Dallas Tout be reinstated as deputy mayor.

“I told them Dallas Tout as deputy was not negotiable,” Cr Conkey said.

Cr Conkey said he accepted the top job with “feelings of excitement, trepidation and if I’m really honest a little bit of fear”.

The new mayor’s top priority is to fix the city’s pothole-plagued roads and he will meet Wagga MP Darly Maguire and Riverina MP Michael McCormack to appeal for emergency funding.

The change in leadership will buoy proponents of a controversial drug rehabilitation centre in the heart of the city, as Cr Conkey was one of only two councillors to vote in favour of the Riverina Recovery House earlier this month and formerly served on the Base Hospital drug and alcohol advisory committee.

Cr Conkey claimed he kept his nose clean during negotiations.

“There was no horse trading and no deals done whatsoever,” he said.

Deputy mayor Dallas Tout, who endured a nervous week-long wait to be re-elected on the strength of preference votes in the council election, embarks on his fifth term of local government.

“I have a fair amount of experience; three terms in Gundagai now I’m into my second term in Wagga,” Cr Tout said.

Cr Tout intends to pick up where he left off, with particular focus on inking a deal with a commercial partner to set the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RIFL) Hub in train.

“My goal is to finish off a lot of the foundations built last term,” he said.

“This will be a once in a generation thing, these next four years, with all the changes happening.”

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