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Europe turmoil hits home

Tuesday, 5th June, 2012

 By Darrin Manuel

Graziers in the far west are concerned about the future of the agriculture industry, and it seems they’re not alone.

A Rural Confidence Survey completed by Rabobank last month shows 32 per cent of primary producers in NSW expect the agricultural economy to worsen over the next 12 months.

Farmers reported generally unfavourable gross farm incomes for the first quarter of the year, with 40 per cent saying their income was lower compared to the same period in 2011.

Trev’s revved up about Venus

Tuesday, 5th June, 2012

World-renowned astronomer Trevor Barry with his telescope at the ready. World-renowned astronomer Trevor Barry with his telescope at the ready.

By Kurtis Eichler

Astronomer Trevor Barry has his telescope at the ready for a momentous intergalactic occasion.

Tomorrow, Venus will transit the sun in a rare astronomical event not to be seen again until 2117.

Venus, the second planet from the sun, will appear as a tiny speck on the sun’s face from 7:46am tomorrow and end its crossing at 2:15pm.

Murray-Darling monster

Monday, 4th June, 2012

Impending changes to State electorate boundaries are expected to see the biggest seat in NSW, Murray-Darling, grow by about 50,000 square kilometres.

The NSW Government reviews the population every six years and if an electorate falls short by more than three per cent a redistribution is required.

It is thought that the Nationals would lose an entire seat in the change which will take place by the end of the year due to a declining Western NSW population.

The seat of Murray-Darling, which covers more than half of the State, is sitting at 14 per cent under the minimum quota and its MP John Williams said the redistribution would create problems.

Intrepid youngsters keen to lead

Monday, 4th June, 2012

Ethan Thomas and Madeleine Roberts are keen to test their skill and endurance. Ethan Thomas and Madeleine Roberts are keen to test their skill and endurance.

Broken Hill High School student Ethan Thomas is preparing to walk the Kokoda Track after being selected through the Max Potential program.

Max Potential began four years ago and each year it picks one young person to make the trek.

“The trip is sponsored by Clubs NSW, everything is paid for and then when I get back they fly me to Sydney to talk at a function about the trip,” Ethan said.

“I applied because it will give me an opportunity to become a leader and excel myself. I was stoked when I found out.”

On the right track

Saturday, 2nd June, 2012

Council given OK to take out loan

By Erica Visser

City Council will reconsider a decision not to take out a $1.5 million loan after the NSW Division of Local Government said it was on the right track to fixing its financial woes.

Council voted on Wednesday night to instead take the money from next year’s budget to pay for past projects.

But according to Mayor Wincen Cuy, Council would consider the loan after a successful meeting with Division representatives on Thursday night.

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