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Regional revolution on target

SA’s regionsneedto reinvent themselves through businessinnovation and entrepreneurial cultureto ensure a prosperous future.
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PLAN HATCHED: Sally and Bill Hood, Hoods Earth Produce, Keith, have successfully changed from cattle producers to free range chicken farmers and re-gained their enthusiasm for agriculture.

That was the message from the 2016Regional Summitin Mount Gambier last week, hosted by PIRSA and the Department of State Development, in conjunction with SA’s three universities.

University of Adelaide academicNoel Lindsay says it ispossible to foster entrepreneursbyencouraging people to seeopportunities with the resources available and linkingbusinesses.

“Those start-up businesses that are more entrepreneurialtend to outperform others withmore employment and money being spent, but they make up less than 10 per cent of businesses,” he said.

The universityworked withInnisfail in Qld, whenits economy stalled after the collapse ofsugar prices.

From the uni’sbusiness incubator and acceleratorprogramshave come new venturesincluding ecotourism, tea plantations, exotic fruits and crocodile farming.

It is now workingwiththe community of Chalons-en-Champagne, nearParis in France, whichlost 1800 jobs recently with amilitary regiment decommissioned.

Professor Lindsay said theseprograms could be replicated in regional SA.

Balco managing director Malcolm May encouraged businesses to “believe in what they are doing and never give up”.

Mr May highlightedthe growth of thehay exporter in the past 15 years and diversification into land transport terminalthrough Bowmans International.

Balco has a$100 million turnover –$80min hay and $20min rail –and isgrowing.

The throughput of theirthree hay plants in SA and WA is175,000 tonnes, but their five-year plan is to lift this to 250,000t.

“SA is ripe for more hay plants,” he said. “Fodder is another alternative for farmers and it really does help in frost-prone areas to have another option.”

In seven years, Balco has become35pcof China’s hay marketand has startedsending hay into Indonesia and Vietnam. Mr Mayseesfurther markets opening up inIndia and Middle East.

He said addingingredientsto hay was a great way forward.

“In Japan in the early 90sthey would pick up hay on a push bike,” he said.“But we are selling to dairies in China with 150,000-200,000 cows so they prescription feed their stock,so for us to put barley or anything in this hay at a prescribed amount is the next thing.”

Mr May also seeshuge potential for making their 600-hectaresite near Balaklavainto a major Mid North intermodal hub.

“What we need to do is have avision of what the future will look like for your community, your state and your country,” he said.

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Supplying quality meat for 50 years

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Back in the day: An early photo of the team at Maxies Meat Markets. The butchery, started by Maxie and Shirley Burnside, is now celebrating 50 years in business. Photo: supplied

Maxies Meat Markets, located in Unanderra, has now been supplying families in the region with quality meatsfor over 50 years.

The butchery was opened in February 1966 by Maxie Burnside. He had completed his apprenticeship at Port Kembla Butchery in the years prior, but together with wife Shirley, decided to open a business of their own.

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Maxies Meat MarketsSouth Coast ChickensMarco’sBLC AutosFigtree Air Conditioning & RefrigerationWollongong Smallgoods / Let’s Meat UpBreakout River MeatsMaxies Meat Markets was first located on the Princes Highway at Corrimal, which later became Corrimal Court. It then moved to Fairy Meadow, until the property was movedfor the Northern Distributor construction.

Following that, a supermarket style shop was opened on the Princes Highway, Unanderra and a second shop was opened in Dapto, before Max and Shirley retired.

The butchery, now owned and operated by sons Mark and Peter, is located inTannery Street in Unanderra.

“Mum and dad both passed on a strong work ethic, we start early, work hard and are always trying to improve the friendly and enthusiastic services we offer,” Mark Burnside said.

While Maxie is officially retired there’s no keeping him away from the business that he loves.“He is still at the shop each Friday serving up delicious taste testers of ourflavoured sausages. Pop in for a free taste,” Mark said.

Can’t keep him away: Although retired, Maxie still comes into the business each Friday to cook up some delicious sausages for the customers to try.

Many things have changed over the 50 years that Maxies Meats has been in operation but the cornerstone of the business has remained the same and that is their dedication to theircustomers.

Maxie, Peter and Mark would like tothank all oftheir clientele over the past 50 years and theylook forward to continuing the business well into the future.

The beginning: A photo of Maxie Burnside in 1949 (approx.) completing his apprenticeship at Port Kembla butchery. In 1966 he opened his own business.


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Moto GP silly season off to a running start

SWITCH: Three-time Moto GP champion Jorge Lorenzo will leave the Yamaha team to go to Ducati after nine years with the Japanese company. Picture: Getty Images
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The Moto GP season still has 11 races to go.

However, the silly season has been in full swing with a number of riders announcing they will be changing teams for 2017.

The most significant so far is triplechampion Jorge Lorenzo’s decisionto leave theofficial works Yamaha team for Ducati after nine years with the Japanese company.

During that time,the Spaniard achieved 40wins and an amazing 97 podium finisheson his way to championship titles in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

It is a big gamble bythe 29-year-old,who is currently second in the championship – 10points behind Honda’s Marc Marquez.

Lorenzo will joinDucati rider Andrea Dovizioso, 30, and replace crash-prone Italian AndreaIannone who has been told his serviceswill not be required next season.

Iannone, 26, has been thrown a lifeline by Suzuki as a replacement for Spain’sMaverick Vinales.

Vinales will team up withthe re-contracted Valentino Rossi at Yamaha instead, while it is uncertain if Aleix Espargaro will retain his seat at Suzuki.

The rumour millsuggests that either Alex Rins or Johan Zarco, who are the frontrunners in Moto 2, will pinchEspargaro’sspot.

Zarco is the defending Moto 2 world champion and has been very impressive to sit third in thisyear’s title chase behind the first-placed Rins.

Zarco hasexperience inhis favour, whichcould be enough to secure him the job.

Tech 3 Yamaha riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will leave the team at season’s end bound for new outfit KTM.

The newcomers are making their first foray into Moto GP, despite beinginvolved in other levels of the sport.

As to who will replace Espargaro and Smithis very much up in the air.

The official Honda works team have locked in their arrangements for 2017 and beyond with2013 and 2014 champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa staying put.

There is aquestion mark as to whetherveteran Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl will keep their positions at Aprilia.

Australia’s Jack Miller has a further two years to go on his contract at Marc VDS Honda, butwill need to start getting some better results if he wants to further his career prospects.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow also needs to stop crashing his LCR Honda to continue riding at the top level.

There is no question he is fast, as his times in testing at Catalunya this week suggest,but speed meansnothing if you don’t finish.

The silly season has just begun.

No doubt there will be more changes to come as the season progresses.

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Twin towers reunited for clash with Warriors

THE 310 minutes since they were last on the field together isprobably the longest Daniel and Jacob Saifiti have been separated in their lives.
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Now Newcastle’s twin towers are set to reunitein Saturday’s clash with the Warriors at Hunter Stadium.

Jacob has overcome a wrist injury and is expected to be rushed straight into the starting side as replacement for injured back-rower Tariq Sims (groin strain).

BIG IMPACT: Daniel, left, and Jacob Saifiti

It will be his first appearance since he was replaced early in Newcastle’s round-10 hammering from Cronulla.In the three weekssince, Daniel has taken hisgame to a new level, averaging 171 metres a game against Wests Tigers, Parramatta and North Queensland.

Now Jacob is intent on reminding the rugby league world that the Saifiti showis no solo act.

“He’s put me under a bit of pressure to come back and play well,’’ Jacob said.

“But I’m proud of him. He’s putting our name on the map … when we’re on the field together, we always feed off each other’s energy, so if he’s playing good, normally we both are.’’

Jacob said he and Daniel had been compared to each other since they started out together inToukley Hawks under-8s.

“It’s pretty weird,’’ he said. “Daniel’s probably taken over, but coming through juniors he missed out on a few rep teams I did make, so he’s probably getting me back now, I guess.

“I was probably introduced to playing against men [inNSW Cup]before he was, but he’s not showing that now. He’s playing real good footy.’’

United boosted by key signings

MURRAY United have bolstered their stocks by signing talented state league youngstersDanny Federico and Aykut Kucuktepe.
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Federico is aversatile defender from Fawkner while Altona City’sKucuktepe will add some zip on a wing.

They look set to play against a besieged St Albans Saints in Melbourne on Sunday.

“I’m more than happy to sign for Murray United and also happy that I’m part of such a big club,”Kucuktepe said.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the season but more importantly looking forward to Sunday’s game against StAlbans.

“I wanted to thank James for taking me on board for this season and also want to thank god for this opportunity.”

Zeljko Kuzman stepped down from his role as head coach of St Albans this week, citingirreconcilable differences with the committeeas the reason behind his departure.

Assistant coachesSteve Bebic and Theo Mihailidis have also left the club.

Kuzman’s record at Churchill Reserve after 15 matches yielded seven wins, three draws and five losses as well as a round six exit in the FFA Cup at the hands of Port Melbourne.

The Saints arefifth on the NPL2 West standings, five points behind conference leaderNorth Geelong Warriors.

Murray United coach James Coutts said the arrival ofFederico and Kucuktepe had been a boost for the club.

“They have trained a couple of times with us now and I believe they will certainly add to the group,” Coutts said.

“Danny is a defender who has composure on the ball and reads the game very well while ‘AK’ is an exciting attacking player and will hopefully give us something different going forward.

“Both are young, hungry players and fit the criteria of the type of players and people we want to bring to the club.

“They want to prove themselves at this level having been exposed to it before and I look forward to them being apart of the group.”

Murray United are coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Bendigo City at La Trobe.

The home teammissed apenalty in the 10thminute of extra time last weekend to deprive them a last-gaspequaliser.

The ladder is:

Dandenong Thunder 42,Kingston City 38,Dandenong City 26,Box Hill United 26,Goulburn Valley 22,Springvale White Eagles 21,Brunswick City 20,Eastern Lions 17,Murray United 5,Nunawading City 3.

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Election 2016: Goldstein calls out Joyce on legal centre cuts

CANDIDATE: Greens candidate for New England Mercurius Goldstein lambasted rival Barnaby Joyce for not preventing cuts cuts to community legal centres.NEW England Greens candidate Mercurius Goldstein said while Attorney-General George Brandis tried “to talk away” planned cuts for community legal centres, Member for New England Barnaby Joyce had not prevented them from happening, despite being ‘at the table’.
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But Mr Joyce has hit back, saying there were no cuts to community legal centre funding or Indigenous legal assistance providers, other than the Government ceasing to fund Environmental Defenders’ Offices in 2013-14.

“The Australian Government has committed $1.6 billion over five years under a National Partnership Agreement (NPA with States and Territories and agreements with Indigenous legal assistance providers,” Mr Joyce said.

“Over the life of the NPA, legal aid funding will in fact increase by $12 million or 6 per cent. In this year’s Budget, the government also provided an extra $30 million to frontline legal assistance services for victims of family violence, and restored $25.5 million in March 2015 to the legal assistance sector.”

However Mr Goldstein insisted the cuts to legal assistance to be another setback for New England. “Community legal centres still face a 30 per cent cut in their operating budgets from the middle of next year,” Mr Goldstein said.

“We are talking about cuts to community legal services that reach Armidale, Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Inverell, Tingha, Walcha, and Tamworth.”

Mr Joyce said Mr Goldstein’s comments proved the Labor/Greens/Independent alliance was alive and well, with the Greens in lockstep with Labor when it comes to spreading misinformation about community legal centre funding.

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